Grants awarded under new Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme

Six theatres will receive a total of £90,000 worth of support as part of our Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme.

The successful theatres in this first round of the scheme are:

  • Burnley Empire
  • Morecambe Winter Gardens
  • Peterborough New Theatre
  • Salford Victoria
  • Spilsby Theatre
  • Swindon Mechanics’ Institute

The programme is designed to support theatres on our Theatres at Risk Register to commission expert advice and acquire the skills and knowledge to push forward capital projects to help save their theatres.

This round of funding will support projects ranging from a ceiling void inspection to governance training to viability studies. The theatres are all on the Theatres at Risk Register 2019 but are at various stages in their journey to restoration and revival.

Read the full press release for more information about each project.

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Speaking at a Theatres Trust event earlier in the week, Trustee musician and actor Gary Kemp said “We know how difficult it can be for theatres to raise funding for the early stage concept and viability works and for organisational support. These first stages of a project provide the vital foundations for both project and organisation, and we hope that with this support, these theatres will be able to make real progress.”

Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme is supported by Historic England, The Pilgrim Trust, Swire Charitable Trust and individual donors.

We are currently fundraising for the next year of this scheme. Find out how you can support our work.

Photo: Theatres Trust Ambassador Siobhan Redmond, Director Jon Morgan and Trustee Gary Kemp with representatives from Historic England, The Pilgrim Trust, Swire Charitable Trust.

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