The Birmingham Hippodrome has hit its £1 million fundraising target – providing half the cash for a major refurbishment drive.

The venue’s 30-year-old stage was replaced, more than 500 light fittings were upgraded to LED, the orchestra pit was refurbished and the entrance foyer was remodelled with a new box office, cloakroom, digital signage and new heat-efficient front doors.

Grant-making trusts and foundations contributed more than two-thirds of the funds.

Money was also raised from the corporate sector, including donations at events and dinners, totalling £165,000.

Donations from members of the audience and community organisations exceeded £173,000.

Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust chairman John Crabtree said: “The extensive backstage and foyer improvements will benefit everyone as they make the theatre more efficient, ensuring we can continue to be a stage for the best in the world.”

PwC Midlands regional chairman Mark Smith, who is also chairman of the Hippodrome’s Development Trust, added: “We are hugely grateful to all the donors who helped us with this essential project.

“Thousands of Hippodrome patrons have donated generously, and the region’s business community has demonstrated consistent support.

“We offer particular thanks for the substantial investment from grant-making Trusts recognising the theatre’s charitable aims and future ambitions.”