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Alley Theatre Renovation Close to Complete

Houston’s resident theater company is getting ready to raise the curtain on their newly-renovated house.


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It’s been a long time coming and a lot of drama, but the real drama is about to begin. The Alley Theatre is putting the final touches on their renovation. Pretty much all that’s left are details, such as installing indoor signage and putting the names of the theater’s donors on the walls.

Picture of Alley Theatre lobby from terrace
A view of the Alley Theatre’s renovated lobby, as seen from the Margaret Alkek Williams Terrace.

The $46.5 million project helped build a much larger stage, created an orchestra pit, and installed a new system to change scenery and sets more quickly. “This is the same system that Cirque du Soleil uses out in Las Vegas,” says the theater’s Managing Director Dean Gladden. “It’s a very good system and it’s used in Europe, as well. Most American theaters don’t have it because it’s not a cheap thing so they’re still doing it manually.”

Because of the bigger stage, the house has 50 fewer seats. But that’s not really a concern.

“For plays, you want to be able to see the expressions on the actors’ face,” Gladden adds. “And what you’ll see in the new theater is that we’ve made it much more intimate and the relationship between the actor and the audience is much closer.”

The upgrade makes the theater’s overall operation more efficient. It’ll allow the company to expand their programming to more than 500 shows a year. The Alley opens their season October 7th with the production, One Man, Two Guvnors

Picture of theater from stage
The house holds 50 fewer seats, adding a higher level of intimacy between the actors and audience.


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