The much-loved community theatre, which opened its doors in 1925, needed an asbestos survey to be completed as part of health and safety obligations to keep the historic building open to the public.

Committed to supporting local communities, Lucion stepped in to help the theatre save around £1000 of its much needed funding by providing 50 hours of its services free of charge.

John Appleton, chair at The Royalty Theatre, said: “Lucion completed a very thorough and efficient job for us. As a result, we were able stick to our planned schedule for repair work to be carried out and in turn keep the disruption to our business to a minimum while meeting our health and safety obligations.

“To have all of this work completed free of charge is a fantastic gesture. We raise funds through memberships and donations and every penny counts towards keeping the facility open for the actors, the young people who attend our Youth Academy and most importantly, our audiences.”

Headquartered in Gateshead with offices around the UK, Lucion provides a full range of health and safety risk management services, including expert advice and support with identifying and managing asbestos.

Adam Penny, commercial manager at Lucion, added: “The Royalty Theatre is an important part of Sunderland’s culture and I’m delighted that we could play a role in helping to keep it going for people in the North East.

“While the building itself doesn’t pose a risk in terms of asbestos presence, our survey was needed by the theatre to protect its insurance policy and enable vital maintenance work to be completed.

“It’s a pleasure to see our work benefitting such a great local amenity and I look forward to continuing our support of the theatre as proud sponsors.”