Little Theatre fans can help our recovery from lockdown
5th June 2020
Audiences are the lifeblood at the heart of theatres. Performers take centre stage but it is showgoers who keep the arts alive.
They generate vital income, as well as the atmosphere and excitement that sparks from shared enjoyment of live arts.
Currently, in common with theatres, music venues and arts centres all over the world, the Little Theatre is sharing the unsettling experience of trying to survive without audiences during the coronavirus lockdown.
We are making an appeal to you, our loyal customers, for donations which will help it tackle an uncertain future.
All performances are currently cancelled until mid September, and no-one knows when audiences can safely return.
Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “We are a little theatre, and that poses problems. We have 160 seats but need them to be 75-80pc full to make shows financially viable. But under social distancing we can only fill half of them.
“Plus we have a narrow corridor and not much room in the toilets, so we are not sure when we can safely reopen.
“Closure has been for longer than we originally thought and we don’t know when it will end. A £20,000 Arts Council grant helped offset the loss of our summer season, but if we lose our other big income season, the panto, it will really put pressure on our finances.”
The Little Theatre is planning extra fundraising events of its own, but it is also asking people to make donations via the donate button this website’s home page.
Our venue is honouring refunds for all postponed shows but Debbie said many fans had donated the ticket fees or accepted credit vouchers, which all helped the theatre’s cash flow during unprecedented times.
The first shows to return are likely to be smaller events for theatre Members and Friends. If you are keen not to miss out, please find out how to become a member of Friend on the website. Joining will also generate extra income for the theatre.
Stayed tuned to our social media channels – Facebook, Instgram and Twitter – for news, updates, stories about our performers and links to online arts, drama and music sessions and events.
See Debbie’s plea for donations here.