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Ipswich: Major improvement works planned for the Regent Theatre this summer - including removal of asbestos

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 May 2014 | UPDATED: 09:30 14 May 2014

The Regent Theatre, Ipswich

The Regent Theatre, Ipswich

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Major improvement works – including the removal of asbestos panels – at Ipswich’s Regent Theatre could take place this summer, it has emerged.

Entertainment bosses in the town say the improvements, if given the green light by planners, would add to the experience of customers at the St Helen’s Street venue.

The proposal for the Grade II listed building, which has been sent to Ipswich Borough Council’s planning department, includes plans for the refurbishment and restoration of the ceiling in the foyer, vestibule and crush hall.

There are also plans for secondary glazing units for the changing room.

If it is approved then the work will take place between July and September, when there are no scheduled shows.

Gordon Mole, head of cultural services at Ipswich Borough Council, said: “With ever-growing audiences and bigger shows, there is never a good time to close the theatre but this is the best time as the summer holidays are traditionally quieter. This work, which involves installing air conditioning and a better heating system for the comfort of our customers as well as minor restoration, shows our commitment to improving East Anglia’s biggest and best entertainment venue.

“We are confident people will have an even better experience when they come back to the Regent this autumn.”

It is expected that town planners will have made a decision on whether to approve the works by the start of July.

For more information about the application, or to have your say on it, please visit www.ipswich.gov.uk

4 comments

  • I notice that the steps still remain, the dull out of date entrance remains, the high caged ticket office and the side but out of sight entrance is to remain as.

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    Neil Nield

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • pandy, there are lots of Ipswich people who pack out the shows at the Regent and want to keep enjoying them in decent conditions - and they are taxpayers, too.

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    blue&white

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Have to admit that new ceilings in foyer, vestibule and crush hall are probably not going to pull in many additional audience members. More affordable tickets, better acts, an online booking system that works, more use of the venue, removal of extortionate booking fees - these are a 30 second ideas of what could generate more footfall, but obviously they know what they are doing :)

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    dale craven

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • More tax payers money down the drain?.

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    pandy

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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