Our Renewal Project

We are spending our enforced downtime making the NTC even better.

In September 2019 Newcastle Theatre Company received a grant from the NSW Government of more than $182,000 for a project entitled Theatre Makeover – Arts and Culture for All. The funding provides for a major refurbishment of both theatre buildings to enhance their visual appeal and amenity for both creatives and patrons.

This follows work done earlier in the year to remediate fire safety issues which we funded with the kind support of many individual donors, in addition to drawing on reserves.

The project has a number of components:

  1. New air conditioning system to enhance the comfort of our patrons and creatives.
  2. A bold new façade to provide an integrated, contemporary, inviting look. The work will be completed by Kingston Building Australia.
  3. Laneway refurbishment is the third component of the renewal project. It includes painting, lighting, planter boxes, seating and a new sliding gate. An additional feature is a mural to be constructed with the input of members and patrons under the leadership of arts consultant Simone Sheridan and artist, Rhonda Blaxland and Vanessa Turton.  This work will be completed in September of this year.
The project is led by Mr John McFadden.

We will be holding a launch in September/October for our neighbours, patrons and other supporters, as well as media and government representatives to celebrate the refurbishment of this major cultural asset of the city.

Managing the Renewal 2020 Project has been a huge commitment for a volunteer-based committee. The project is led by Mr John McFadden.

If you have any questions about the renewal project please don’t hesitate to contact our office via email.