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Cherie backs the Royal Court Theatre's Restoration

Cherie backs the Royal Court Theatre's Restoration

Cherie backs the Royal Court Theatre's Restoration

Cherie backs the Royal Court Theatre's Restoration

"I know the people of Liverpool are playing an important role in this project by supporting the fantastic shows produced by the theatre and I know the Trust will do everything it can to improve the theatre for their benefit."

Last night Cherie attended the launch of a campaign to renovate and refurbish the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool; a grade II listed Art Deco building. The Theatre's trustees hosted a special evening at the Penthouse Suite of Liverpool's West Tower. Guests included the Lord Mayor Chancellor Hazel Williams and representatives of both the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage. Guests then went on to a performance of Lennon at the Royal Court.

Cherie said: "The Royal Court is one of my favourite buildings and a great example of our Art Deco architecture. I remember being taken by my grandmother to see my father perform there. We need a thriving cultural sector here in Liverpool."

Architect Paul Moaghan, of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, updated guests on plans for the building which will be submitted to the city early next year. The Trust received the go ahead from the HLF in September and they have since then developed plans for the building. They are hoping to raise £10.6m and fundraising initiatives include a £1 charge on all tickets. They have raised more than £60,000 so far.

Royal Court Trust chairman, Her Honour Elizabeth Steel said they want to address the public's comfort inside the theatre and their first priorities are seats, toilets, heating and lighting and a lift for disabled people: "Hopefully we can start on site in early 2012."

Cherie, who was born and raised in Liverpool, attended the launch and performance with her father Tony Booth. She said: "I know the people of Liverpool are playing an important role in this project by supporting the fantastic shows produced by the theatre and I know the Trust will do everything it can to improve the theatre for their benefit."