Curtain rises on £1.73m support for King’s Theatre

Grand dame: King’s will undergo major works

One of the UK’s most treasured theatres will benefit from a £1.73 million grant that will restore its historic features and improve facilities.

The King’s in Edinburgh, one of only 15 operational A-list theatres in the UK, has received support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund towards a major redevelopment.

Originally built as a variety theatre and with a tradition of pantomime stretching back over 100 years, the King’s will be revitalised to create a fully-accessible, fit-for-purpose theatre and community hub over 20 months from September this year.

Holding the highest grading awarded by the Theatres Trust, the Edwardian building has both national and international architectural significance. Built in 1905/6, it is the last surviving design of James Davidson and J.D Swanston.

The King’s has played a vital role in Edinburgh’s cultural life for more than 100 years and has been a principal venue for the Edinburgh International Festival since the 1940s.

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