Emergency funds for Nottingham Playhouse

Published: 8 July 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Nottingham Playhouse: grant "will buy us valuable time"

Nottingham Playhouse has been awarded £295,930 by Arts Council England to help ensure its financial security while it is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Playhouse, which relies on ticket sales for more than 70% of its income, gets a grant from the Arts Council’s emergency response fund to give it financial stability until the end of September.

In a joint statement Nottingham Playhouse artistic director Adam Penford and chief executive Stephanie Sirr said, "this investment in our short-term stability will buy us valuable time as we regroup and relaunch, keeping our community at the heart of what we do."

Since the theatre closed in March, it has presented live and recorded work including an online screening of Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III featuring Mark Gatiss, its co-production with the National Theatre, and The Revival, a digital documentary series looking back on past productions.