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The (live) shows go on - with help from government fund
A Staffordshire theatre is preparing for a welcome return to live stage shows with the help of a much-needed financial boost from the government in the wake of Covid-19. The Lichfield Garrick theatre is due to commence live performances on Sunday 1st November - the first since the start of the March coronavirus lockdown - with a tribute show entitled Buddy Holly & The Cricketers. Further live shows will follow, subject to social distancing restrictions. The much anticipated return of live stage shows at the Lichfield Garrick has been boosted by a £279,446 award as part of the Government's £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF). The funding is intended to help cultural and creative organisations face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and ensure they have a sustainable future. The Garrick is one of 1,385 organisations receiving a share of £257 million from the first round of the Fund's grants programme being administered by Arts Council England.
Lichfield Garrick's Chief Executive, Karen Foster, said: "This is the best news we could have had at this time. As a small, independent arts charity which has been closed for live shows since March, this award will help to sustain us whilst social distancing measures are necessary, protecting our staff, audience and performers. Christmas came early to the Lichfield Garrick today with this wonderful news enabling us to look forward to the real Christmas with Jack and the Beanstalk, Freddy the Teddy's Christmas Feast and our Santa's Grotto all benefitting from the financial sustainability which this grant brings. My heartfelt thanks to the Arts Council England for this award and to the Chancellor for supporting the arts ecology which brings so much joy and economic benefit to our country."
The Garrick will be following government guidelines at the time of each live event including social distancing which may mean that some patrons will be asked to change their seat. Other safety measures aimed at making the theatre Covid secure include sanitiser stations, one-way systems, pre-ordered snacks and drinks via the website, enhanced cleaning, PPE for staff and air extraction rather than recycling. The Rule of Six will also apply for all bookings.
The Fizz is a warts and all story of the band Bucks Fizz
First scheduled live shows: Nov 1 - Buddy Holly & The Cricketers Nov 5 - A Beautiful Noise (Neil Diamond tribute) Nov 6 - The Fizz (featuring original Bucks Fizz members Jay Aston, Cheryl Baker and Mike Nolan) Nov 7 - Tony Christie
The Garrick's bite size panto, Jack and the Beanstalk, runs from 18 December 2020 to 3 January 2021. For more information, including how to make a booking, visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com/what's-on or phone the box office on 01543 412121.