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Cultural Recovery Fund Award 18
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Published: 19 November 2021

We are thrilled to hear we have received funding thanks to the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund. Culture creates jobs, supports livelihoods and brings joy to everyone. The UK leads the world in the creative industries and we can all feel pride in that.

Now, in these challenging times, it’s everybody’s turn to show our support for culture. With an unprecedented investment through the Cultural Recovery Fund, the government is #HereForCulture so it can continue to weather the storm of coronavirus and come back stronger.

And we are #HereForCulture too.

#HereForCulture is a movement that unites the public, government and cultural organisations in support of our fantastic theatres, cinemas, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage.

Timothy Sheader and James Pidgeon, Joint Chief Executives, said:

Restrictions meant that our 2021 season was shortened and, initially, we were only able to make 50% of our seats available. Following the challenges already experienced in 2020 due to coronavirus, the financial impact of this was significant and put into question the future programming of the theatre. With thanks to DCMS and Arts Council England, receiving this grant has allowed us to green light our 2022 productions – all by living writers – which will ultimately offer work to over 200 freelancers and engage with audiences of 150,000+.

Priority booking is now open for our 2022 season – our 90th anniversary – including Legally Blonde, the premiere of the new musical 101 Dalmatians, and Inua Ellams’s contemporary retelling of Antigone.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, said:

Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from. Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.

Over £1.2 billion has already been awarded from the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund, supporting around 5000 individual organisations and sites across the country ranging from local museums to West End theatres, grassroots music venues to festivals, and organisations in the cultural and heritage supply-chains.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:

This continued investment from the Government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health. It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives.

We look forward to seeing you next summer.

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