A national crowdfunding campaign has been launched by the Theatres Trust is to raise valuable funds to support theatres throughout the country. York’s Joseph Rowntree Theatre was one of the first to sign up for the scheme and has set itself a fundraising target of £10,000.
The nationwide scheme is backed by high- profile individuals such as Jude Law, who is a Theatres Trust Ambassador.
The actor says, “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 our 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.”
The Joseph Rowntree Theatre already prides itself on being a strong community hub, a venue run for the community, by the community.
Although the theatre has not been able to host any live shows since March, the trustees and volunteers have been working hard behind the scenes on fundraising and events planning. However, as a result of the closure it is having to spend its savings to keep the theatre going, money originally earmarked to carry out essential repairs.
Dan Shrimpton, chair of the board of trustees of the theatre says, “We are in a stronger position than many theatres, however, our income has been affected significantly by the Covid-19 crisis and we are having to divert funds intended for essential repairs to cover the lost income. The crowdfunder campaign is to help support the theatre’s finances until it can reopen fully.”
The theatre’s crowdfunding page is live at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/josephrowntreetheatre
There are various levels of donation with specified rewards at each level, ranging from a certificate of thanks to a champagne afternoon tea, with tote bags, theatre teddy bears and seat sponsorship also on offer.
The comments by supporters already on the page show the high level of esteem in which the community gem is held.