A huge restoration project was launched spending more than ?2million backstage and on an improved auditorium. Capacity was transformed enabling the biggest and best shows to be staged. In 1986 the sixties style concrete frontage was torn down and replaced by a new pink and white plastic fa?ade. At the end of the 1980s work began on building the best dance facilities in Europe following the purchase of adjacent property in Thorp Street. This became the new home of Birmingham Royal Ballet.

The first show to open the newly refurbished building in 1984 was Andrew Lloyd Webber?s ?Song and Dance? with Marti Webb.