When NT Future was first launched, we hoped to raise £70 million to make the project possible. In 2013 we had raised £68 million and with this success in mind, we took the decision to raise the target for the NT Future Campaign to £80 million.
This increased ambition allowed us to do two things. Firstly, we were able to absorb the increased construction costs that we incurred in the first phases of the works, and pay for the removal of the unexpected quantities of asbestos discovered backstage. Secondly, we had the chance to broaden the ambition of the NT Future campaign. This was a once-in-a-generation opportunity to realise fully the potential of this building: we spent a further £5 million increasing and improving the extent of the new landscaping around the building, redeveloping our ageing dressing room block, overhauling and updating our IT systems, and refurbishing our Olivier foyers and toilets. Thanks to the success of the NT Future campaign and with your help, we have been able to do even more.