Tees venue’s £1m upgrade

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A £1m investment project in a Teesside entertainment venue that has hosted performances from Suggs, Heather Small, Toyah Wilcox and Jason Donovan has been completed.

In addition to a new bar area at Yarm School’s Princess Alexandra Auditorium, the development has seen the creation of a large lounge area, which will be used by pupils during the day. New changing rooms for visiting performers and a new drama studio complete the work undertaken in the basement of the auditorium.

The venue will also benefit from new toilet facilities, which offer an unusually high ratio of toilets to visitors.

The development was undertaken by Darlington-based Wharton Construction and is part of its ambition to attract and showcase big names and high profile performances at the 750-seat venue.

Forthcoming acts appearing at Princess Alexandra Auditorium include boxer Tyson Fury, comedienne Ruby Wax and politician Alan Johnson.

Yarm head David Dunn said: “The Princess Alexandra Auditorium is attracting fantastic, world-class musicians and performers to Tees Valley. This new tranche of investment is both a reflection of the auditorium’s success and an illustration of our long-term commitment to continuing to grown the number and quality of our events further.

“Hosting dinners and special events is a natural progression and the new facilities mean we can look forward to doing more in the future.   A major complaint when attending performances or events is a lack of toilets, and this is something we have purposefully addressed within the work carried out.

“In addition to the auditorium’s public facility, we have a thriving performing arts programme at Yarm School, which puts on incredibly high quality performances and productions every year. This investment will contribute to enhancing the experience of our students and their families.”

The Princess Alexandra Auditorium was recently awarded a commendation by the Civic Trust Awards and two prestigious RIBA Awards for design excellence.

There is an orchestra pit, a bespoke, four=tier digital organ and specialist acoustics. Beautiful views of the River Tees can be enjoyed over refreshments from the bistro in the atrium.

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