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THEY were the company behind the stunning Olympic velodrome – and now they’re bringing a touch of that style to Portsmouth

Developer ISG has been chosen to work on the £12m extension work at the New Theatre Royal in the city.

Plans include the construction of a stage, new dressing rooms and a creative learning space, dedicated to the late film director Anthony Minghella, who grew up in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

According to theatre director Caroline Sharman the plans will reinvent the building and make 
it a place for creating work, rather than simply holding productions.

‘We want work to be produced in Portsmouth, and for it to be a place of learning,’ she said.

The plans also aim to attract new people to the theatre.

Ms Sharman said: ‘We hope it means more and more people can be engaged by the arts.

‘It means there will be places for leaning different skills, such as lighting and sound.’

‘I want the new developments to attract West End companies, so we can put on bigger performances and make it accessible for more people.’

‘ISG really impressed us with their plans and the details of how they can use the budget.’

The University of Portsmouth will share entrances and space with the theatre, as well as taking advantage of the new facilities after part-funding the project.

Rob Lipcar, senior project manager at the university, said: ‘We look forward to the delivery of these splendid facilities, for both the New Theatre Royal and the university next year.’

The developments at the theatre are hoped to be completed by July next year.