THE POPULAR Talisman Theatre in Kenilworth has received a cash boost from HS2.
The Barrow Road theatre secured a bid for £75,000 from the HS2 Community & Environment Fund.
The team plans to use it to provide a new fringe stage, bar and reception area.
Improvements to the venue mean there will be enhanced accessibility while enabling the theatre to expand its community arts activities.
Since the two HS2 funds opened five years ago – and with the support of Warwickshire County Council – 28 projects in the county have now secured funding from the HS2 CEF as well as the high speed rail project’s Business and Local Economy Fund.
Warwickshire County Council planning spokesman Wallace Redford said: “It is fantastic news for Kenilworth residents and lovers of the arts alike that the Talisman Theatre Company has been successful in their bid for HS2 CEF funding. This extra injection of cash will enable the company to continue its growth and bolster its position as a well loved and respected venue for the arts in Warwickshire.
“Whether people agree with the HS2 scheme or not, it is important that Warwickshire is allocated a fair share of this funding pot. I want to encourage more local groups to bid for a share of HS2 funding to gain some benefit for the places affected by the construction and operation of the new railway.”