FRESH: An artist’s impression of the new National theatre projected for Gibraltar

THE Government has revealed an ambitious plan to double the theatre capacity of John Mackintosh Hall.

The iconic venue will see its current 408-seat space replaced with a new theatre big enough for an audience of over 900.

A 13-metre stage, improved lighting, a fly tower, a more spacious library and large areas for the wings are among the other features of the project.

CULTURAL CENTRE: How the new auditorium is expected to look

The current theatre will be dismantled, while the Hebrew High School Institute, adjoining the building will remain unchanged.

The Queen’s cinema room was proposed for integration into John Mackintosh Hall, but the site will now be kept separate and made free for other uses.

Minister of Culture, Steven Linares, said: “We are developing excellent facilities for the sports community and we maintain the same commitment to raise the great Performing Arts family in Gibraltar to an even higher level than today.”

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