With most of the funding in hand, Houston's largest professional theater company will begin a $46.5 million renovation of its facility this summer.

But for the Alley Theatre, the show must go on. And it will go on next season, at the University of Houston. As work continues to complete the renovation by fall 2015, the company will perform its 2014/2015 season at UH's Wortham Theatre.

Major renovation work will begin July 14 and will include fully modernizing the existing building, including the Hubbard Stage and lobbies, the cleaning of the concrete building exterior, and improvements in infrastructure that will result in a more energy efficient building.

The renovation is funded by private and public contributions to the Alley through the Extended Engagement Capital Campaign, co-chaired by Meredith Long and Roger Plank.
Last April, the Alley unveiled plans for a $73 million extended engagement campaign. That total includes the $46.5 million for the renovation as well as $10 million to fund artistic enhancement, and $16.5 million to grow the endowment and cash reserves.

The Alley selected the Wortham Theatre at UH after a full analysis of all its options. The Wortham was chosen because of its modern amenities, similar size to the Hubbard Stage, up-to-date stage technology and its proximity to the Alley Theatre's downtown home. But, most importantly, this was the only venue the Alley could obtain for its entire season.

The Programming for the 68th Alley Theatre season at UH will be announced next week.