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Friday 18 September 2020

Save Our Theatres: Hollywood Actor Backs Crowdfunder Campaign In Support Of Local Theatres

A nationwide campaign has launched with forty theatres, including Brighton Dome, fundraising pages going live on day one and many more waiting in the wings. 

Theatres are uniting in this campaign to fight to #SaveOurTheatres

The campaign has also already garnered celebrity support from the acclaimed actor and Theatres Trust Ambassador, Jude Law:

"Growing up I was fortunate to be taken to theatres regularly and this was where my love of acting first began. 

"To this day nothing beats the magic of live performance and the connection between audience and performer. 

"We are lucky to have so many amazing theatres, from historic playhouses like Theatre Royal Margate to groundbreaking community spaces like Greenwich to intimate pub theatres like Hampstead's Pentameters. 

"But coronavirus has simply devastated our theatre sector. Communities across the UK are in real danger of losing their theatres forever and we risk losing a precious part of national culture and heritage. 

"Theatres are a vital community hub that bring joy to millions of people each year and we must try and save these theatres for generations to come.

"Please do give whatever you can to support this campaign."

Monty Python's Michael Palin on Saving Theatres

In villages, towns and cities across the country, theatres are at the heart of their community. 

They are places to come together, to be inspired and be entertained. 

Theatres are where our best-loved actors learn their craft and thousands of others learn valuable skills. 

However, we could lose our theatres forever. Theatres saw their main source of income disappear in an instant when they closed in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Six months later, theatres still don't know when they will be able to reopen fully. 

A decision won't be made until November at the earliest – too late for most to put on their annual pantomime, which often provides the income to support the theatre for the rest of the year. 

This ongoing uncertainty puts theatres in a perilous situation. 

The government's bailout is spread across all cultural organisations and won't be enough to save all of the UK's theatres.

If you would like to support the industry overall, Theatres Trust has also launched its own Crowdfunding page as part of the nationwide campaign. 

by: Mike Cobley




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