The Round House Theatre in Downtown Bethesda, Maryland, is planning to transform the building’s lobby into a “community hub” with approximately six months worth of renovations that will also allow for improved acoustics, new seating, and increased technical capabilities. Bethesda Magazine reports that the theatre will close in January 2019 with the final two shows of the season moved to Washington, D.C.’s Lansburgh Theatre.
The full interior renovation will also include new walls, construction of a curved stage, a redesigned box office, expanded bar, and a multi-purpose room for events and community use. Funding for the renovations will come from the theatre’s Full Circle capital campaign, which will also fund ongoing projects like free tickets to teens and college students. The Washington Post further reports that the initiative to upgrade the stage, commission new works by women and writers of color, and bring artists on staff for paid residencies will cost a total of $14 million.
The theatre will reopen in the fall of 2019.
• Round House Theatre To Close for Renovations Next Year [Bethesda Magazine]
• Round House announces a $14 million plan that includes major renovation [The Washington Post]