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Published May 31st 2020
Support Local Theatre During Covid Lockdown Crisis
A provincial Staffordshire theatre is appealing for help and support to ensure that the 'show must go on' after the coronavirus lockdown eventually ends. The Lichfield Garrick is a registered charity and, with the theatre closed since March - and with no prospect of reopening before August at the earliest - is even more reliant on fundraising to keep it sustainable and continue its work. The Garrick, named after the 18th century actor David Garrick, who was brought up in Lichfield, is a modern, purpose built theatre which opened in 2003. The main auditorium seats 562 people and the recently altered studio can accommodate 157 people.
Karen Foster, Lichfield Garrick Chief Executive, says: "This is a worrying time for all, especially the arts industry. As an arts charity, the theatre's income is based on activities that cannot take place during lockdown. Income such as ticket sales, hires and catering. We would like to thank our patrons for their support in donating their ticket price to Lichfield Garrick theatre. We understand that this is an extremely difficult time for many and this option is not possible for everyone. Any support that has been shown, be that a retweet on Twitter, some kind words on our Facebook wall or a donation to us, is gratefully appreciated. Together, we will get through this and welcome you back to your theatre. Please be assured that you can make bookings for future productions secure in the knowledge that should a show be cancelled you will be able to get a full refund on your ticket. All future events are still on sale and we are optimistic about continuing with the rest of our programme."
A scene from The Cat and the Canary before lockdown. Credit Paul Coltas
The Garrick says that by making a donation, supporters can ensure that participants of all ages and abilities can continue benefitting from the theatre's wide range of activities, which enhance their lives and improve well-being. Below are a few ways that the charity supports the community with ticket sales income.
Dementia Friendly cinema screenings Supported Internships for young adults with learning disabilities. Helping people of all ages who would not be able to attend the theatre by their own means to enjoy productions and films. Making an accessible arts venue with relaxed, captioned and audio described performance and screenings. Bursaries for young performers. Building confidence and communication skills and combating social isolation and loneliness through arts.
For more information on how to support the theatre, please go online, or contact Development Manager Matt Clay by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01543 412123. Whilst the theatre remains closed, opportunities to enjoy creative activities and videos can be found online, either via the website or through social media channels.