Theatre Royal given financial support to help it recover and reopen following pandemic

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is set to receive £119,681 from the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

The theatre is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

CEO and artistic director, Owen Calvert-Lyons, said that the grant will help the theatre recover and reopen.

“We are hugely thankful for a second tranche of support from the Culture Recovery Fund. This money will not only cover the loss caused by a longer than expected closure, but will also insulate us against the challenges of the coming months, whilst we operate with social-distancing measures in place,” he said.

After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, the funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

For Theatre Royal, some of this grant will be used to make improvements to the theatre itself as Mr Calvert-Lyons, explains.

“This grant includes specific capital investment to help us to make improvements to our building which will enhance our customer’s experience. When we re-open, we want to offer an even better experience than before we closed a year ago. This is tax-payers’ money so we have a responsibility to ensure it used to maintain Theatre Royal as a resource for everyone in our community,” he said.

Sir Nicholas Serota, chair of the Arts Council England, added: “Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work. We are grateful to the government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The second round of funding is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed.

The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

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