A fundraising campaign to protect the King’s Head Theatre in Islington has succeeded in reaching its £100,000 target, securing its immediate future.
The theatre’s campaign was backed by Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard, and raised £120,000, including a £35,000 grant from Arts Council England.
Supporters Hallard and Gatiss said: “We’re thrilled that the public and the Arts Council have rallied round to raise funds to guarantee the survival of the King’s Head Theatre under the current circumstances. We now need the government to do their bit and come forward with a substantial support package for the entire theatre industry. We keep being promised that we’ll hear something soon. Let’s hope that we do.”
King’s Head Theatre chair James Seabright added that 80% of its income comes from box office sales, and described the money that has been fundraised as a “lifeline to help secure our immediate future”.
The King’s Head had planned to move to a new purpose-built space this year to mark its 50th anniversary, but this has been postponed.