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Five London theatres awarded vital funding to secure their buildings for future use

UK – Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, have announced five small theatres in London to benefit from the third round of its London Theatres Small Grants Scheme. The awards have been made to theatres in need of immediate repairs, addressing accessibility issues and improving conditions for staff, performers and audiences. Recipients of the £5,000 grants include Applecart Arts, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Chats Palace, Park Theatre and The Space.
The scheme was launched in Summer 2015 by Cameron Mackintosh’s Mackintosh Foundation in partnership with the London Mayor’s Office, to help small theatres in the city with vital capital funding. In Spring 2016 Fawn James joined the Mackintosh Foundation as the second major donor to the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme.
The recipients:

  • Applecart Arts receives £5,000 towards a new venue heating system.

  • Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham receives £5,000 towards urgent repairs to the get-in door of its main house theatre.

  • Chats Palace receives £5,000 towards a new front door.

  • Finsbury Park’s Park Theatre receives £5,000 towards replacement of its alarm system.

  • The Space receives £5,000 towards the installation of an LED house lighting system.

Jon Morgan, director of Theatres Trust says: “London has a unique collection of theatres and its thriving culture relies on performance spaces of all sizes. The smaller theatres across London often operate on fragile business models and struggle for investment into their buildings. We see supporting theatres that are taking care of their buildings so they can continue to serve their communities as key to our mission. For these organisations a small grant makes a big difference.”

Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, Greater London Authority says: “London’s small theatres are absolutely central to performing arts in the capital. They are centres of community activity, allow both emerging stars and enthusiastic amateurs to showcase their talent, and are a training ground for jobs in theatre from lighting and sound to make-up and set design. Congratulations to the five theatres who have been awarded grants.”

Applications for Round 4 of the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme are now open. The application deadline is 25 January 2018. For more information on eligibility and to apply, visit:

Theatres outside of London can apply for the UK Theatres Small Grants scheme which similarly offers grants of up to £5,000 but does not have the same capacity restrictions. The deadline for the next round of the UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation is the 7th January 2018.

16th November 2017

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