The theatre currently being built at a Cotswolds school has now been named.

The £4million pound project at Chipping Campden School is to be called Cidermill Theatre.

The on-site theatre is nearing completion and is set to launch in Spring 2022.

The name Cidermill Theatre was announced by the school last week at a celebration evening, where entertainment was provided by students of the school.

The night also offered a chance for the school to introduce its newly appointed general manager, Danielle McCabe.

She said: “I am so thrilled to be appointed into this role, the theatre will offer outstanding performing art facilities for the students of Chipping Campden School, but will also be a cultural hub providing access to the arts for the surrounding community.”

Cotswold Journal: School principal John Sanderson, general manger Danielle McCabe, former pupil, actor and ambassador Edward BennettSchool principal John Sanderson, general manger Danielle McCabe, former pupil, actor and ambassador Edward Bennett

Plans for the project, which is supported by Julian Lloyd Webber, have been in the works for nine years.

School principal, John Sanderson, said: “I am absolutely delighted with how the build is progressing considering the many challenges we have faced over the last 20 months.”

It is hoped the facilities will help to “transform” the opportunities for both the school’s students and teachers.

The centrepiece of Cidermill Theatre is a spacious auditorium, which features retractable seating for up to 340 people, allowing for maximum flexibility of the space.

In addition to the auditorium is a a fully equipped dance and drama studio, dressing rooms with showers, multi-functional spaces for classrooms and a performance lounge, a refreshment and bar area as well as excellent lighting, acoustics, and technical equipment.

New general manager Ms McCabe added: “We will also offer the local community a new space for events, groups and societies and we're planning an exciting and wide-ranging programme of live performances, cinema screenings, talks, seminars and exhibitions.”

The school have said that although fundraising for the project has gone well, it is still some £80,000 short of its target.

Further details on how to help with the project can be found online or by contacting development officer Alicia Warden or 01386 848754.