The Government has awarded the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham an additional £425,000, as a part of their Culture Recovery Fund.
Alongside 2,700 other recipients, the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall receive this fund which totals to £1.57 billion.
Since March 2020, the Theatre has closed its door to the public which is its longest unplanned closure in its 156-year history.
Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture & IT for Nottingham City Council said: “After so many months of uncertainty, and a couple of false dawns along the way, there is now a real sense of light at the end of the tunnel.
“This award will help us enormously, to look ahead to the spring and summer with confidence and to plan for our reopening and recovery.”
This fund will enable the venue to prepare for opening once again to audiences and will also contribute towards essential maintenance projects to keep one of Nottingham’s most historic landmark buildings running for the city.
In total, over £800 million has been rewarded in grants and loans to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations across the country to deal with the trials and tribulations the pandemic threw at them.
Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary added: ““Our record-breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.
Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”
According to the government’s lockdown road map, theatres are due to open May 17 2021.
By Katie Green
Feature image: Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham