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Young Vic celebrates Lottery boost towards refurb



Story by Jack Foley

FOLLOWING the high-profile launch if its fundraising campaign, by actor, Jude Law, the Young Vic has announced that it has secured a maximum £5 million National Lottery award, towards the cost of its essential £12.5 million refurbishment.

The successful grant application means that the future of the popular South Bank venue is all but secured, as only £2.5 million is now needed to realise the target. This will be sought from private donors and businesses, via the campaign launched by Law.

News of the award completes a terrific week for the theatre, which was also recognised at the Olivier Awards for its ‘audacious’ season last year, under the artistic direction of David Lan.

A statement from him, regarding the Lottery boost, said: "This is a brilliant and extremely welcome endorsement of our plans for our new building.

"It is as valuable for the message of public support as for the huge contribution to our campaign. We are very grateful to Arts Council England (ACE) for their continued and generous backing."

His comments were echoed by Peter Hewitt, chief executive of ACE, who added: "The Young Vic Theatre is an important part of London’s cultural landscape.

"For 34 years, it has produced a consistently challenging and inspirational body of work and nurtured the talents of some of our most gifted artists. Arts Council England is delighted to be able to make this award towards the restoration and redevelopment of this much loved building."

The grant means that work on the refurbishment can begin July, with a view to being completed by the Summer of 2006.

The Young Vic company is hoping to co-produce projects elsewhere, during that time.

The new building will retain its renowned semi-in-the-round auditorium, but two smaller studios will be built to its west, for rehearsals and performances.

Options for public donations to the Young Vic’s campaign, include naming opportunities or buying permanent seats in the auditorium, can be viewed by visiting the website, which can be accessed to the right of this page.

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