Six theatres share £27k to carry out improvement work

Market Theatre in Ledbury
Market Theatre in Ledbury
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Six venues across the UK, including the Market Theatre in Ledbury and the Leatherhead Theatre, have been awarded a share of more than £27,000 as part of the Theatres Trust's latest small grants scheme.

The initiative supports small theatres that are run by charities and not-for-profit groups to carry out essential improvements.

The Market Theatre has been given £5,000 towards the creation of a new purpose-built studio – which will also be used as rehearsal space and dressing rooms, neither of which it currently has.

The Leatherhead Theatre, in Surrey, has also received £5,000, to fund necessary repairs to the building's exterior.

Other successful theatres include the Grand Pavilion in Matlock Bath, whose £5,000 grant will go towards improving the building's rainwater management and guttering systems, and the Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre in Workington. Its grant, also of £5,000, will mean it can improve accessibility.

The Place Theatre in Bedford and the Plough Arts Centre in Great Torrington, Devon have also been awarded money to improve access and carry out repairs.

Announcing the successful recipients, Theatres Trust director Jon Morgan said: "I’m proud that our UK theatres small grants scheme, now in its ninth round, continues to help theatres make significant improvements to secure and improve their buildings’ fabric. The results will provide a more accessible and welcoming customer experience for their communities.”

The latest grants mark the ninth round of the scheme, with the next round taking place later this year. It is funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and production Judy Craymer.

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