Plans have been put forward to refurbish an almost 90-year-old theatre.

The Capitol in North Street, Horsham, last had a facelift in 2003 and many aspects of its design and layout no longer meet the needs of audiences and environmental standards.

Refurbishments proposed by Horsham District Council include increased seating capacity to attract different performances and shows, improvements to the building’s infrastructure to help the council’s net zero targets and improvements to the layout of the theatre to "improve the customer experience".

If recommended by the council’s cabinet, the proposals will be presented at a meeting of full council next month.

If approved, work could start by April next year and be completed in November 2026.

Councillor Jo Olson, Horsham District Council cabinet member for leisure, culture and green spaces, said: “I am very excited by the proposals to improve the customer experience and environmental impacts of this much-loved venue.

“These proposals will not only see The Capitol continue to be a thriving community hub for arts and culture, but will also deliver significant improvements for audiences, artists and staff and will create a more climate-friendly facility for future generations.”