Blackheath Halls is undergoing a redevelopment scheme this year.
As the venue closes for improvement works in May which will benefit both future audiences and performers.
The larger space of the Great Hall will be given a facelift and the stage levelled, paving the way for an even broader range of events such as more large-scale comedy, children’s theatre and dance. The seating, which is currently at floor level, will now be raked using a retractable system which will fold back into the hall when seating is not required.
The decor will be modernised while retaining the original barrel-vaulted ceiling and acoustics will be improved.
Other ambitious plans are to develop public areas such as the box office and café bar.
A fundraising campaign – Transform Blackheath Halls – has been launched to engage supporters from the community and South-east London area.
The halls will be closing for the work at the end of April, with plans to reopen in October.
The venue’s summer community opera, the season’s finale and one of its biggest selling events of the year, will be taken out of house to the Albany in Deptford.
The chosen opera, Dido and Aeneas, is only an hour long and will feature community groups alongside professional singers.
The new opera programme patron Nicky Spence is a renowned Royal Opera House tenor and also a Deptford resident.
Visit www.blackheathhalls.com/support-blackheath-halls for more.