Nottingham Playhouse and Sky Mirror

Nottingham Playhouse celebrates first stage Arts Council bid success

Friday 1st February 2013

Arts Council England’s Capital funding programme

We are delighted to have been successful in the first stage of Arts Council England’s Capital funding programme which aims to support organisations become more sustainable and resilient businesses through the consolidation and improvement of existing buildings and equipment.

This is the first large scale Capital programme that the Arts Council has run in nine years and we are one of 20 organisations nationally that have been invited to apply in the second stage.

Our bid to become more energy efficient

If successful our focus would be on reducing energy loss and use in order to create more artistic opportunities due to more flexible spaces, reduced overheads, greater earning potential and a more customer friendly environment.

The Playhouse is a Grade 2* listed building, and one of the finest examples of 20th century architecture in the country, but its architecture means it’s also incredibly expensive to heat and those costs are increasing each year. The thermal images in the gallery show the current heat loss through the single glazed walls of the building. Chief Executive, Stephanie Sirr, explains how a successful application would support the work we do:

In this our 50th year with this project we can improve the thermal efficiency of the building to such an extent that we can cut our operating costs by over £30,000 per year – every penny of which will be reinvested in making first class theatre, education programmes in our communities and providing opportunities to emerging theatre makers. We are hugely grateful for the support of Nottingham City Council and Sir Harry Djanogly in getting us to this stage. Between now and mid-April we will need to raise a further £50,000 towards match funding and hope some of our patrons will be willing to help us with that.”

Every penny can make a difference

A successful application will not only ensure the building is energy efficient but the savings these improvements would make will support our aims to create world class theatre, be forward looking and sustainable, nurture new talent and be intriguing, accessible and inclusive to everybody in our community.

If you wish to support us with a donation you can call the Box Office on 0115 941 9419 or email Nick Lawford at

Photo of Nottingham Playhouse and Sky Mirror by Robert Workman. Thermal images of Nottingham Playhouse by Future Factory at Nottingham Trent University.