An image of the proposed re-design of the Tricycle Theatre
An image of the proposed re-design of the Tricycle Theatre
© Chapman Waterworth

The Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn have announced plans for an ambitious capital project which will update and transform the venue's auditorium and front of house spaces.

Work is scheduled to begin this summer and plans are to complete in 2017.

Arts Council England have contributed £3.1 million to the scheme and a public campaign to raise additional funds is yet to be announced.

The project should increase the size of the Tricycle's auditorium by 25 per cent and quadruple the number of wheelchair accessible seats in the auditorium from two to eight.

There will be a new cafe on Kilburn High Street which the theatre is hoping will become a hub for the Kilburn community.

Artistic director of the Tricycle Indhu Rubasingham said: "This vital upgrade will help us to secure The Tricycle's future and enable us to realise our ambitious vision by ensuring our venue is truly accessible and open to all."

Actor Adrian Lester has pledged his support for the campaign, saying: "Under the leadership of Indhu Rubasingham, the Tricycle has blossomed as a venue in and for the community whilst proving itself as an incredible production powerhouse which rivals any UK theatre venue."

Architects Greg Chapman from Chapman Waterworth will be overseeing the redevelopment. The company have previously worked on projects for Hampstead Theatre.