Andrew Lloyd Webber’s charitable foundation has announced a grant of £125,000 to help kick-start a scheme to support refurbishment projects at local theatres.
The cash, which will be paid over the next five years, will help create a scheme offering sums of up to £5,000 for “theatres in need of funds to address urgent and longer term capital needs, and improve their physical condition, accessibility and operational viability” through the Theatres Trust’s Theatres Protection Fund.
Madeleine Lloyd Webber, trustee for the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, said: “Our theatres and their heritage must be cherished. I sincerely hope that others, especially those who have been successful in the theatre, will be encouraged to match the foundation’s funding and allow the Theatres Protection Fund to widen its support in the future.”
The scheme is aimed at theatres run by charities and not for profit groups that can demonstrate the value improvements to their theatre buildings would make to their work within local communities.
Applicants must show they run a regular theatre programme of professional, community or amateur work presenting more than 30 performances a year.
Actress Penelope Keith, who is also a Theatres Trust trustee, said: “We will now be able to offer a lifeline to theatres that have nowhere else to go,” and urgently needed a cash injection.
“Our challenge now is to match this generous gift of £125,000 with other donors so that we can help protect even more theatres. If you can help us please get in touch.”