Future Plans & Developments

Chesterfield Borough Council is committed to the ongoing development of Chesterfield Theatres, and successfully applied to Arts Council England in October 2012 for a grant towards capital improvements of the facilities.

In January 2013, it was awarded a grant of £495,000 under the Arts Council National Lottery Small Capital Grants scheme towards a £750,000 project in 2014. Chesterfield Borough Council has committed to provide £255,000 of partnership funding towards the project. This work will be carried out during May to September 2014, with work taking place first at the Winding Wheel from May to July and then at the Pomegranate Theatre from July to September.

The purpose of carrying out this development work in 2014 is to enable the Theatres to deliver a wider range of events and generate additional income to support their ongoing development. Therefore the focus of the work is on the improvement of the facilities as opposed to a decorative upgrade.

The planned work includes the following projects…

Improved backstage and technical facilities at the Winding Wheel
To support larger scale productions we are planning to install a new stage with a new automated stage extension and lighting trussing. We also plan to increase the electrical power supply, make improvements to the back stage area and provide an additional dressing room.

Improvements to the seating layout in the Winding Wheel Auditorium
To improve sightlines for customers sitting in the rear of the auditorium and to enable alternative seating layouts, we are planning to install moveable seating rostra.

Installation of digital projection equipment in the Pomegranate Theatre
To enable us to expand and develop our film programme and to enable us to show live satellite broadcasts, we are planning to install a digital film projection and sound system.

Increase the seating at the Pomegranate Theatre
To allow the theatre to programme a broader range of work, and to ensure we have additional seating capacity for sold out events, we are planning to increase the number of seats, and refurbish the existing seats and renew the carpeting in the Stalls of the Pomegranate Theatre. 

Improve the technical facilities at the Pomegranate Theatre 
We are planning to install a new lighting and sound control room at the rear of the Stalls, and an audio description room to enable us to offer audio description for plays.

In addition to these planned projects in 2014, we would like to make further improvements to deliver an even higher quality of service, especially by improving the foyers, bars, lifts, toilets and seating. 

Following consultation with our customers, we have decided to introduce a Theatre Restoration Levy to enable the Council to fund this work. Click here to read more about the Restoration Levy.

Future Plans & Developments

Chesterfield Borough Council is committed to the ongoing development of Chesterfield Theatres, and successfully applied to Arts Council England in October 2012 for a grant towards capital improvements of the facilities.

In January 2013, it was awarded a grant of £495,000 under the Arts Council National Lottery Small Capital Grants scheme towards a £750,000 project in 2014. Chesterfield Borough Council has committed to provide £255,000 of partnership funding towards the project. This work will be carried out during May to September 2014, with work taking place first at the Winding Wheel from May to July and then at the Pomegranate Theatre from July to September.

The purpose of carrying out this development work in 2014 is to enable the Theatres to deliver a wider range of events and generate additional income to support their ongoing development. Therefore the focus of the work is on the improvement of the facilities as opposed to a decorative upgrade.

The planned work includes the following projects…

Improved backstage and technical facilities at the Winding Wheel
To support larger scale productions we are planning to install a new stage with a new automated stage extension and lighting trussing. We also plan to increase the electrical power supply, make improvements to the back stage area and provide an additional dressing room.

Improvements to the seating layout in the Winding Wheel Auditorium
To improve sightlines for customers sitting in the rear of the auditorium and to enable alternative seating layouts, we are planning to install moveable seating rostra.

Installation of digital projection equipment in the Pomegranate Theatre
To enable us to expand and develop our film programme and to enable us to show live satellite broadcasts, we are planning to install a digital film projection and sound system.

Increase the seating at the Pomegranate Theatre
To allow the theatre to programme a broader range of work, and to ensure we have additional seating capacity for sold out events, we are planning to increase the number of seats, and refurbish the existing seats and renew the carpeting in the Stalls of the Pomegranate Theatre. 

Improve the technical facilities at the Pomegranate Theatre 
We are planning to install a new lighting and sound control room at the rear of the Stalls, and an audio description room to enable us to offer audio description for plays.

In addition to these planned projects in 2014, we would like to make further improvements to deliver an even higher quality of service, especially by improving the foyers, bars, lifts, toilets and seating. 

Following consultation with our customers, we have decided to introduce a Theatre Restoration Levy to enable the Council to fund this work. Click here to read more about the Restoration Levy.