Peterborough’s New Theatre supported by Arts Council’s emergency fund

The New Theatre in Peterborough, has received essential funding to help ensure it future from Arts Council England through its Emergency Response Fund.
The New Theatre launch party last year.The New Theatre launch party last year.
The New Theatre launch party last year.

Selladoor Venues only took over the management of New Theatre, formerly The Broadway, in September last year and is committed to ensuring the long-term stability of the much-loved venue and delivering a programme of events that the local community can be proud of.

Its first season saw the likes of Joseph, Cabaret, Mousetrap and Fame The Musical - with more top drawer shows such as Footloose and We Will Rock You scheduled for later in the year and 2021.

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But during these unprecedented times, support for the arts is essential to ensure the future of local theatres, and the Emergency Response Fund that has been granted to the New Theatre will help maintain the venue when income is limited.

This was only made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Customers have also been very generously donating tickets as well as transferring cancelled tickets into credits for future shows.

David Hutchinson, co-owner of Selladoor Venues, said, ‘The funding that we have received from National Lottery players and Arts Council England is essential to ensure the future of our theatre and we are extremely grateful to have been supported by this fund.

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“Since the closure of the venue in March due to Covid-19, we have been working to ensure the venue’s future and secure an outstanding programme of events for our local region to enjoy when we are able to reopen the doors. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our customers and messages of support and want to send a huge heartfelt thanks to all of our loyal customers.”

The reopening of the theatre is still subject to the Government’s Covid-19 restrictions on social distancing, but a concert by Joe McElderry on July 4 is the proposed reopening date.