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Royal appointment to new-look Art Theatre

Published: 2 June 2019
Reporter: David Upton

The Art Theatre in New Mills, High Peak has had a £46,000 refurbishment.

The restoration, delivered largely by volunteers, includes the installation of seats from the West End’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

More than 1,800 volunteer hours over an 11-week programme were involved and, in addition, the fitting of new carpet featuring the Art Theatre logo, new safety flooring, new skirting and dado rails and a new heating system took place.

New Mills was one of three chosen venues to be gifted the golden seats from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Theatre Royal.

The first theatre to be built on the site was the New Mills Hippodrome, which opened in June 1911. The theatre closed in April 1921 and reopened in August 1921.

Today, New Mills Art Theatre continues to promote a variety of programmes serving local community groups and semi-professional acts. It provides a public service at no cost to the public purse.