At the PARK Theatre

We are delighted to announce that Park Theatre has been awarded an Arts Council England Emergency Support Grant of £35k. Along with other monies raised since we closed our doors to the public on 18th March, this counts towards a monumental fundraising effort led by the staff team.We’re hugely grateful to the Arts Council for supporting us at this time when our future is so uncertain. Our thanks extends further, to over 900 donors who responded to our appeals and who have made a vital contribution to our emergency fundraising.Artistic Director Jez Bond says: “The response from the public at this time of crisis has been phenomenal and an incredible affirmation of the work we’ve done since opening seven years ago to establish our place in the local community. There has been a genuine outpouring of love and determination to help us survive that has considerably softened the blow of having to close for the foreseeable future.We feel grateful and fortunate to have been one of the organisations chosen to receive ACE funding at this time of crisis, but in reality it is still only a fraction of the investment needed from the government to ensure that the arts in this country survive the current pandemic.”It doesn’t stop here – why we still need your supportSupport from ACE comes at the same time as our Park Life campaign has reached 50% of its target of £100,000. This is the amount needed to fund a three month reopening phase, once government support through the furlough scheme ends and theatres are told they can open again. The addition of the ACE grant will help fund staff salaries and help rebuild audiences prior to opening. Dependent on a reopening date, it offers us the opportunity to safeguard some of our production fund, maintain a level of reserves and continue as much of our creative learning and community outreach activity as possible. Although, if reopening is postponed beyond the start of 2021 even more significant funds would need to be raised.Find Out MoreWe’ve been connecting with our community through creative online classesReminiscence Drama class for those living with Dementia

Park Theatre’s Youth Board meet virtually
Develop Yourself: 
Virtual Acting Course. Book here.Together in Time online singing class with our partners Chiltern Music, for those living with dementiaBook Adult & Child virtual classes here

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