Thame Players Theatre Company, who are celebrating their 70th anniversary this year, have received two grants to improve facilities at the theatre.
The two grants, each for £5,000 were awarded to the group by The Theatres Trust and The Foyle Foundation and will go towards the installation of a moveable wall system which should improve the size and flexibility of the stage.
The money will also be spent on increasing the venue’s seating capacity from the present 119 up to 132.
Chairman of Thame Players Pat Shepherd said: “I am delighted that we have been successful in winning these two important grants from The Theatres Trust and The Foyle Foundation, which will make a massive contribution to our fundraising programme and help us complete the building work that is now underway.
“The major work involved in enlarging the stage and moving it further back, together with other improvements, will mean that more people can be accommodated to see more shows, there will be a better view from anywhere in the theatre, and more ambitious productions can be put on so audiences can enjoy a greater variety of theatrical and cinema entertainment.”
The next Thame Players production, when the theatre re-opens next month following completion of the building work will be Quartet by Ronald Harwood from September 9 to 13.