Culture Recovery Fund: Government funding given to London’s theatres

Over 1,300 organisations across the United Kingdom have been awarded a total of £1.57 billion.

Culture Recovery Fund: Government funding given to London’s theatres

A full list of all organisations that have been awarded money as part of the Culture Recovery Fund has been announced. The Culture Recovery Fund was initially set up to support cultural organisations that were at risk of collapsing, due to the global pandemic. 

Out of the 1,385 organisations, 110 were in London and had a discipline focus of theatre. These include the Hackney Empire, the Park Theatre and the Turbine Theatre.

Jo Hemmant and Yamin Choudhury from Hackney Empire said, “Hackney Empire is very grateful to Arts Council England and The DCMS to have received this funding, and thereby have the opportunity to continue to do our best to support our community, our audiences, our young people and ALL of the people that make arts and culture happen… We feel it is our responsibility as a sector, now more than ever, to ensure that we are always learning, always improving and always working harder to represent and reach out to the unheard and the unengaged.”

Artistic director Jez Bond of the Park Theatre said, “The very essence of theatre is gathering people together in the same room for a live, shared experience – and the economics of venues at our scale, mean that it’s not financially viable to produce shows with social distancing in place. This money, however, will enable us to prepare our building so it’s ‘Covid-secure’, and subsidise us to present smaller scale work over the next few months before we can reopen fully.”

“The events of the last year have been life-changing for those working within the theatre industry” said Paul Taylor-Mills, artistic director at the Turbine Theatre. “At The Turbine Theatre we’ve tried to be as resilient as we can be but the challenges of the last 7 months have been unfathomable.”

Other London theatres to have been awarded money include the Almeida Theatre, Criterion Theatre Trust, the Kiln Theatre, Southwark Playhouse Theatre Company and Young Vic Company.

The full list of all recipients can be found here.


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