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Theatres Trust awards £50,000 to fund building improvements for 10 small theatres

Playground Theatre London's Playground Theatre
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Venues including London’s Theatre 503 and the Tron Theatre in Glasgow are among 10 venues to be awarded up to £5,000 each to address urgent building works.

The Theatres Protection Fund, managed by the Theatres Trust, comprises the UK Small Grants Scheme and the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme. The schemes are backed by Cameron Mackintosh’s Mackintosh Foundation,  the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Soho Estates and the Charles Michael Holloway Charitable Trust.

The money will be used by the venues to enhance backstage and front-of-house facilities and improve accessibility.

Jon Morgan, director of the Theatres Trust, said: “Theatres need support to repair and improve their buildings and we are delighted that our small grants scheme can help with that. The recipients are all rooted in their local communities and give a broad range of people access to the performing arts.”

The Tron Theatre has got £5,000 to install a dipped box office and bar counter to ensure that wheelchair users can interact with front-of-house staff. Theatre 503 has £4,870 and will improve its stage and dressing room.

The Playground Theatre, a converted bus depot in west London which opened to the public last year, will use its grant of £5,000 to widen its fire escapes and increase its audience capacity.

The Burnley Mechanic’s Theatre and London’s Half Moon Young People’s Theatre’s Theatre will both install a get-in lift to transfer pieces of the set to stage level. The Purple Playhouse in Brighton will tackle problems with damp, sound-proofing and accessibility.

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