Cambrian News photographer - Work to improve the arts centre theatre started with the removal of all its seats

ABERYSTWYTH Arts Centre’s Theatr y Werin is barely recognisable without its maroon seats which have been removed as part of major improvements to the venue.

The Cambrian News reported “The theatre went dark on 3 April for the start of a £750,000 project which will see new seats fitted in the 300-seater auditorium.

A new carpet and lighting system will also be installed in what is the theatre’s first comprehensive electrical upgrade since 1972.

Funded by Aberystwyth University, the work is scheduled to take up to six months, but there will still be plenty of things to see and do at the arts centre.

A circus tent on Chapel Green will house acrobatic acts, mystery guests, concerts and theatre shows throughout the summer, and coincides with events taking place across the UK to celebrate the 250th anniversary of circus.

There are also plans in place for the arts centre’s first-ever outdoor cinema season.

Dafydd Rhys, director of Aberystwyth Arts Centre, said: “The renovation work is now underway in the arts centre’s Theatr y Werin and we are delighted to see the theatre receive some much-needed TLC and we are very grateful to the university for their support!

“Although the theatre will be shut over the summer there will still be a vibrant and exciting programme of events across the rest of the arts centre including an outdoor performance tent in August, Y Ty Haf/The Summer House” here.

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