Worcester's mooted Scala arts venue given the green light - The Worcester Observer

Worcester's mooted Scala arts venue given the green light

Worcester Editorial 22nd Mar, 2024   0

WORCESTER’S Scala multi-purpose arts venue has been given the green light.

Worcester City Council’s planning committee unanimously granted permission for the full re-design and internal refurbishment of the Scala and Corn Exchange buildings on Angel Street yesterday (Thursday).

Once completed, the new venue will be home to three multi-use spaces, currently named The Stage, The Screen, and The Box.

There will also be a café which can provide additional performance space.

The theatre will host live performances, comedy shows and gigs.

The Screen will host films, including independent film festivals, immersive events, dance and workshops.

The Box will play host to new innovative digital experiences.

The plans for the new venue have been developed by the City Council following consultation and work with a consortium of leading local creative organisations.

The authority’s managing director David Blake said: “The Planning Committee’s decision is an important milestone on our journey to creating a venue that will attract new audiences and allow creative communities to thrive in our city. I look forward to seeing construction work getting underway later this year.”

Paul Sutton, from creative organisation C&T, said: “On behalf of the creative consortium, I am delighted to hear this news.

“We aim to open the Scala as a welcoming hub in the heart of the city where people can come together to enjoy, imagine, and cultivate a more creative future for Worcester.”

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