WORK is under way on the redevelopment of the Albany Theatre totalling nearly £3million.
The first phase of the development will see improvements made to the existing studio theatre, while there will also be three new studios and improved audience and community facilities.
A new cafe will also be installed as part of the renovations.
The cash has been secured through grants from the City of Culture Capital Fund and Coventry City Council’s Cultural Capital Investment Fund.
The new facilities will enable the Theatre to expand its learning and participation programmes.
The work is being carried out by Midlands construction company Interclass PLC and the renovation is expected to be completed by next summer.
David Meredith, Chair of the Albany Theatre Trust, said: “These redevelopments are helping us to improve the experience we provide to our audiences while creating even more space for communities and local artists to use the Albany and enabling the Trust to become financially self-sufficient.
“The result of this hard work, which has been over a decade in the making, will leave a legacy of Coventry’s city of culture year that is both visible to citizens and felt by artists and young people looking to succeed in the arts industry.”