Troupe aiming to restore Derby theatre

A Derby theatre group wants to restore a historic city centre venue into a new theatre.

The 500-seat theatre at the former Railway Institute on Railway Terrace has fallen into disrepair in the last few decades.

The Lostboys Theatre Productions aim to raise more than £200,000 to restore it.

Lostboys director Paul Smith said his troupe were looking for National Lottery grants and hoping the public will support the project.

'Former glory'

The Waterfall pub is located in the building, but the stage and theatre remain empty.

Mr Smith said the roof needed repair, but his group were passionate about reopening the theatre, which closed 60 years ago.

"We want to reach out to local businesses and ventures to see if they will support our venture.

"It is a matter of the city's cultural heritage and industrial heritage … that we reinstate this theatre back to its former glory," Mr Smith said.

The Railway Institute was built in 1892 as a cultural centre for railway workers.

The last stage performance is thought to have been in the late-1940s or early-1950s.

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