Everyman Theatre set for a €300k revamp

Everyman Theatre set for a €300k revamp

The Everyman theatre is getting a €300,000 revamp in the coming months with new front doors, a new curtain, the completion of the Foyer and a deep clean and a lick of paint for the auditorium.

CEO of the Everyman Sean Kelly said that it is an exciting time to be in The Everyman with the theatre busier than ever.

Thanks to grants from the Cork City Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht, the charity organisation can finally fund much-needed work for the 120-year-old building.

“It is an old building and as a charity, it is a constant challenge to keep it up to scratch. There are a number of important upgrades that are needed, many of them health and safety related,such as new fire doors and electrical upgrades.

Performers on stage at The Everyman. Photo: Rory O'Toole
Performers on stage at The Everyman. Photo: Rory O'Toole

Mr Kelly also said that theatre was getting a new stage lighting which would significantly impact on the experience of the live audience.

The Everyman CEO was quick to assure that there would be no closures while the work was ongoing and everything would be completed and finished by the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in October.

“We need to stay open so we will be picking and choosing the nights where work can be done, we are hoping the end result will be a more comfortable and welcoming experience for theatregoers.”

The auditorium, which is a listed building is due to get a deep clean and a fresh paint job, which is hoped to enhance the original beauty of the room.

As a charity, Mr Kelly said it would have been impossible to complete the work without the help of the council and of the Department.

Mr Kelly, who has been at the helm of the Everyman for the past five years, said he was enjoying his time at the live entertainment hub.

“We are busier than ever, with great shows being produced in new ways, this is an exciting time for The Everyman.”

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