IBC's £0.5 million expenditure in upgrading and restoring the theatre is a lot of money but is a valuable investment in the region's largest theatre which attracts many visitors into town.
Renovations to the stables and orangery will have been completed in December with a full opening in July. The bulk of the £3.5m funding came from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Our major parks were arguably Ipswich's greatest assets vis-a-vis other comparable towns and perhaps only rivalled even now by the potential of the Waterfront. So, money well spent.
A new theatre
Red Rose Chain has opened its purpose-built theatre at the corner of Gippeswyk Avenue and Birkfield Drive. The company's success in encouraging community involvement has been recognised by a grant from the HLF with contributions from SCC, IBC and Viridor. The first production (in February) will be Progress suggested by Elizabeth I's visit to Ipswich in 1561.