Willmott Dixon has been appointed main contractor on the £27m Aylesbury theatre in Buckinghamshire.

The venue is expected to attract about 300,000 visitors each year and is scheduled to open in 2010. Designed by theatre specialist Arts Team for Aylesbury council, it will have a motorised floor in the main hall and an auditorium that can accommodate 1,200 people seated or 1,800 standing.