Construction firm William Sapcote & Sons is treading the boards in Redditch - it has begun work on a £3 million contract to refurbish the town's 92-year old theatre.
The restoration of the Palace Theatre, which was built in 1913, will include the removal of all the changes made when it was last restored in the 1970s, as well as the creation of a new foyer and visitor attraction.
Ken Watkins, of Redditch Council, said: "The Sapcote team demonstrated their understanding and knowledge of the sensitivities of a contract such as this with the balance between the elements of contemporary and heritage construction."
Richard Sapcote, the firm's managing director, said restoring the theatre to its former glory would present unusual challenges.
"This project will combine the careful restoration of a Grade II listed building complete with original features such as windows, light fixtures and decorations, while correcting the changes made 30 years ago and building a whole new foyer area.
"This is an ideal contract for us as we've so much experience in the conservation of historic and listed buildings.
"When it's finished it will be one of the finest examples of Edwardian theatre architecture in the country."
The project is due to be completed in April.