It was early last month when the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds launched its emergency reopening appeal, “The Show Will Go On!”
While the estimated losses from lack of tickets sales between April and September 2020 is estimated to be in the region of £300,000 they set the appeal target at £50,000 to help plug the gap.
With support from celebrity patrons such as Gyles Brandreth, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Derek Jacobi, Bill Nighy, Libby Purves, Robert Glenister and Armando Iannucci the appeal got off to a great start.
As at today (Tuesday, July 14) the appeal has not only achieved, but exceeded its target and stands at £54,740.
Owen Calvert-Lyons, CEO/artistic director is over-whelmed.
He said: “We were delighted to have reached our £50,000 target in just four weeks.
“This really is vital money to help us to survive the devastating impact of the coronavirus. I want to thank the people from all across our community who donated, including a whole raft of businesses, sponsors, patrons and supporters.
“I particularly want to thank the local community arts organisations such as Suffolk Young Peoples Theatre, BSEODS and The Irving Stage Company whose members generously contributed to our fund.
“Every section of our society has been financially impacted by this virus; that people still find the money to help us to survive demonstrates how important Theatre Royal is to our community.”