The Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall – here within Nottingham – has secured £851,604 from the Government in a bid to recover from challenges faced from the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced today £257 million – in the first part of the larger £1.57 billion fund – has been granted to Cultural venues across the country as a part of the Culture Recovery Fund.
Our very own Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations that is in need of urgent support after the Coronavirus pandemic.
Open since 1865, the Theatre Royal Nottingham has become the heart of Nottingham’s own Cultural scene and economy, as well as the Royal Concert Hall which later opened in 1982.
For all these years, they have provided Nottingham with pantomimes, musicals, ballets, comedy, opera and much more. With this secured funding in place – and with more to come – we can rest assured the theatre won’t be closing its doors anytime soon.
Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and IT at Nottingham City Council said: “ Our wonderful theatres and venues are such an important part of our city, they give us an identity, exceptional entertainment attracting thousands of people to come and visit every year, and a huge boost to our local economy.
“It’s vitally important that they are protected so they can continue to play such a huge role in our city life once Covid is sufficiently under control that people can start to return.
“This funding for the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall is extremely welcome.”
The Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) – administered by Arts Council England – was set up to ensure cultural facilities have a sustainable future ahead of them and face the challenges they have acquired from the pandemic.
This funding will allow the Theatre and Concert Hall to plan a series of socially distanced performances and ensure the facility is safe for audiences when it reopens.
By Katie Green
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