Leader welcomes 'lifeline' grant for theatres

The Leader of Malvern Hills District Council has welcomed a 'lifeline grant' that will help Malvern Theatres weather the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Malvern Theatres has been awarded £971,251 from the Government's £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund to help it adapt to socially distanced performances and plan more confidently over the next 12 months.

The Theatres are run by a Trust who have been fund-raising hard since they were forced to close at the start of lockdown restrictions in March. The Theatre is currently enjoying a phased reopening, which is proving popular with audiences.

Malvern Hills District Council, owns the building, and continues to provide funding of more than £100,000 a year, as well as ongoing advice and support to the management team with planning for a post Covid-19 future.

Cllr Sarah Rouse, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, said: "I'm delighted Malvern Theatres has been able to secure this grant, which is an absolute lifeline. It doesn't mean they are out of the woods yet. The entertainment industry still faces some tough months ahead as Covid-19 cases continue to rise. But it does allow them to look forward with hope and begin to plan for a future beyond this pandemic.

"Malvern Theatres is one of the jewels in the crown of this district. It has a vital role to play in the rebuilding of our economy and the prosperity of Malvern Town Centre. We will continue to play our part in helping the management team make sure Malvern Theatres survives this crisis."

The Regal Tenbury Wells was awarded £116,000 from the same fund.

Cllr Rouse added: "The Regal was only just starting the process of recovering from devastating flooding when lockdown was announced. I know everyone there is working hard to get back up and running and this funding is a welcome boost. We will continue to offer our support." 

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