The shows must go on – can you help?

Just Regional
Jun 11, 2020 2 mins read

A seaside theatre is appealing for public donations to help it battle back from the coronavirus lockdown.

All performances at Sheringham Little Theatre are currently cancelled until mid September, with no indication of when it might be safe to reopen.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “We are a little theatre, and that poses problems. We have 160 seats, but need them to be 75-80pc full to make shows financially viable. However, under social distancing, we could only fill half of them.

“Plus we have a narrow corridor and not much room in the toilets, so we are not sure when we can safely reopen. 

“Closure has been for longer than we originally thought and we don’t know when it will end.  A £20,000 Arts Council grant via the National Lottery helped offset the loss of our summer drama season, but if we lose our next big income generator, the panto, it will really put pressure on our finances.”

Sheringham Little Theatre director Debbie Thompson who is appealing for donations to help the venue recover from lockdown.

The Little Theatre is planning extra fundraising events of its own, but it is also asking people to make donations via a button on the front page of its website www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com
The venue is honouring refunds for all postponed shows but Mrs Thompson said many fans had donated the ticket fees or accepted credit vouchers, which all helped the theatre’s cash flow during unprecedented times.

The first shows to return are likely to be smaller events for theatre Members and Friends. Anyone keen not to miss out, can find out how to become a member of Friend on the website. Joining will also provide extra income for the theatre.

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