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CHICHESTER Festival Theatre has received a grant of £1.2m towards the restoration of its Grade II listed Festival Theatre.

The cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund will also support the introduction of a three-year community participation programme due to start in January.

Restoration work to the roof, concrete, glazing and timber fascia is needed as is the reinstatement of 100 seats in the balconies.

Executive director Alan Finch said: ‘This announcement is a real boost to our plans.

‘We greatly value the support that the Heritage Lottery Fund is providing for our theatre at this key stage in our redevelopment.

‘We also welcome the exciting opportunity to celebrate our theatre’s heritage.’