A Warwickshire-based theatre with charitable status is to employ a head of fundraising to help it achieve an ambitious £9 million development programme.
So far the Belgrade Theatre has raised £5 million towards building a 360-seat auditorium alongside its existing 866-seat facility. The money will also be spent on installing heating and air conditioning in the original venue.
Coventry City Council has been the main funder to date, contributing around £2 million. The Belgrade, which in 1958 became the first civic theatre built in the UK after the Second World War, now plans to target the corporate sector, trusts and individuals as it gears up to secure the remaining £4 million.
The theatre's press officer Catherine Pitkethly said the new head of fundraising would be expected to generate around £1.5 million over the next 12 months.