Crowdfunder.co.uk launches fundraising campaign with the Theatres Trust to help theatres
A campaign has been launched to help save theatres across the country that have been hard-hit by the coronavirus, resulting in lengthy closures.
Crowdfunder.co.uk has partnered with the Theatres Trust in the crowdfunding campaign.
Around £500,000 has already been raised by theatres using the platform during lockdown, from more than 7,450 supporters.
From Festival and King’s Theatre in Edinburgh, down to the Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay, theatres across the United Kingdom, large and small, are uniting in the nationwide campaign to fight to #SaveOurTheatres.
The campaign has the support of acclaimed actor and Theatres Trust Ambassador Jude Law.
He said: “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.
“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.
“As a Theatres Trust Ambassador, I’m delighted to support the Save Our Theatres campaign, which is raising valuable funds to support theatres throughout the country. Please do give whatever you can to support this campaign.”
Theatres and live music venues were forced to close at the start of the coronavirus lockdown in March and still do not know when they might re-open.
A decision will not be taken on when they can re-open until November, so many venues have already cancelled productions until the new year.
Rob Love, Crowdfunder chief executive, said: “Theatres and the arts industry have been hugely impacted over the last six months. We are proud to be partnering with the Theatres Trust to help raise vital funds for theatres across the country, we have waived all of our fees so all money raised will go direct to the theatres.
“Although lockdown is lifting we are still a long way from business as usual.
“This has been an exceptionally hard time for everyone, and we must stick together and do what we can to support theatres as we come out of this period and move forward — the show must go on!”
To support the campaign, go to https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-our-theatres