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Theatre Royal Winchester’s new Cafe Bar officially open

Theatre Royal Winchester’s new Cafe Bar officially open

Theatre Royal Winchester held a special breakfast event on Tuesday 8 October to officially open its brand-new Cafe Bar.

Invited guests enjoyed some of the delicious breakfast and lunch items and cakes available from its menu. The Cafe Bar is a distinctive new destination on Jewry Street, Winchester, serving speciality coffee, fine teas, pastries, cakes and light lunches.

Guests included Leader of Hampshire County Council, Cllr Keith Mans, Cllr Eleanor Bell, Mayor of Winchester as well as partners, supporters and investors of the charity Play to the Crowd, the arts and education charity that runs Theatre Royal Winchester.

The opening of the Cafe Bar at the theatre comes after a summer of refurbishment work. The charity has worked with Hampshire County Council’s award-winning architect team to transform the building in to a more vibrant, inclusive and accessible space.  The project was enabled by the generous investment and support of Hampshire County Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Backstage Trust, Foyle Foundation and The Hobson Charity.

At the event Deryck Newland, Chief Executive of Play to the Crowd, thanked all of the charity’s supporters as well as the contractors who had helped with the refurbishment: HP Contracts, Ridon Joinery, Mint Sign and Graphics, Whitwam AV Integration, Hicks Joinery, Future Contracting and Waterside Blinds.

Leader of Hampshire County Council, Keith Mans, then thanked Deryck Newland for his leadership of the transformation and the team at Play to the Crowd for their foresight in making the project happen. He continued, saying that the new space should not only be the creative hub for Winchester but become the creative hub for Hampshire, before officially declaring the Cafe Bar open.

Entertainment came from local vocal harmony group, The Spitfire Sisters, and Alresford-born pianist and composer, Jake Gauntlett, who performed during the unveiling of Trilogy – a sculpture gifted to the theatre by Winchester-based artist and sculptor, Nadine Collinson. The artwork tells the story of three abstract characters, whilst representing the three strands of Play to the Crowd: Theatre Royal Winchester, Hat Fair Outdoor Arts festival, and its learning and engagement brand, Playmakers.

Guests praised the vibrant transformation and looked forward to visiting again, to enjoy a coffee, for meetings and evening performances, when the Cafe Bar is open for drinks.

The Cafe Bar is open every day from 8am (10am on Sundays) serving specialist coffee, fine teas, cake and light bites.

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