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Stamford Shakespeare Company at Tolethorpe Hall saved! Posted On 16 October 2020

Tolethorpe’s outdoor theatre, which was threatened by closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has been saved.

 

Stamford Shakespeare Company, which has been putting on performances at Tolethorpe since 1977, received a grant of £240,000 from the Government’s Cultural Heritage Fund on Monday afternoon.

Due to the pandemic, all of this year’s shows had been cancelled and the outlook was bleak for their return next year, however with the grant money together with donations from supporters, as well as proceeds from a charity car boot sale, the theatre has confirmed that it will reopen next year.

The amateur theatre company and registered charity launched a Just Giving page a couple of months ago which has raised an incredible £50,017. With the help of the local community, alongside the proceeds from the car boot, which raised nearly £5,000, and alongside the £240,000 grant, the chairman of the company, Caroline Stephenson, said, “This is an incredibly exciting day for us. The grant, combined with our fundraising efforts, will ensure that we are able to open in 2021.

“It is amazing that our theatre has been recognised as being of national cultural significance.

“The grant of £240,000 represents two-thirds of our annual ticket income, and, together with the money from our fundraising initiative, it ensures our survival.

“Next year, our three productions will be of the same quality as always, our Grade II* listed hall will be able to be looked after and the grounds and gardens will be maintained to the same standard as our patrons expect.

“I simply cannot wait to welcome back our public and thank everyone involved with the ‘Save Your Theatre’ campaign for their support.”

With the uncertainty around theatre and arts continuing throughout the pandemic, here at Richardson’s, we are very very excited that we will be able to enjoy the magic of Tolethorpe once again in 2021.

 

Image copyright: Stamford Shakespeare Company.

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