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LGBT theatre launches urgent fundraising campaign to secure its future

Marlborough Theatre, Brighton. Photo: Rosie Powell Marlborough Theatre, Brighton. Photo: Rosie Powell
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An LGBT theatre in Brighton has launched an urgent crowdfunding campaign to raise £10,000, warning its output faces “significant reductions” without the money.

The crowdfunding campaign aims to raise the £10,000 within eight weeks for “urgent repairs” to the Marlborough Theatre, with more than £1,500 already having been donated.

Funds will go towards repairing and replacing lighting and sound equipment, air-conditioning and “viciously uncomfortable” seats.

If the theatre does not reach its fundraising target, it has warned it will have to significantly reduce its public programme, support fewer artists due to decreased staff capacity and raise ticket prices.

Creative producer David Sheppeard said: “Our projects simply can’t provide the financial support required to keep our treasured space running and this is why we need your help.

“We urgently need to repair our theatre, our air conditioning has broken, our equipment is falling apart and some of our lights date back to the 1970s.”

He added: “Without extra financial support we are facing significant reductions to our public programmes meaning less diverse LGBTQ+ performance happens in Brighton, we will be unable to support artists and we would be forced to raise our prices making the space less accessible to the audiences our theatre aims to serve.”

Creative producer Abby Butcher added: “With your help we will be able to preserve and build on our public programmes that centre and elevate some of the most marginalised members of the LGBTQ+ community and continue to be a sanctuary for incredible, boundary-pushing live art.”

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