Britannia Panopticon Music Hall is part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to help us raise funds via a virtual bucket shake this festive season.
Britannia Panopticon is the worlds oldest surviving music hall, closed in 1938 and reopened in 1999, we want to make sure it doesn't have to close again. Your donation will make sure that we can reopen in 2021. Please help us make sure that we can welcome visitors and audiences again by making a donation to the virtual bucket.
Our Virtual Bucket Shake
Every year we hold a bucket shake at our pantomime which raises us over £1,000 in vital funds. This year due to the global pandemic, we are unable to do this. We are facing a loss of income from ticket sales, merchandise and bar, as well as missing out on the opportunity for a traditional bucket collection. This is why we’d like to invite you to take part in a Virtual Bucket Collection this panto season.
Every year these donations are essential for ensuring that we have enough money to reopen in the spring and this year it's more important than ever. Please help us make sure that Britannia Panopticon isn't closed again.
About Britannia Panopticon
Since the 1850’s, Britannia Panopticon, the world’s oldest surviving music hall and famed for Stan Laurel’s debut in 1906, has survived fire, wars, unrest, strikes, temperance, technological changes, cholera, small-pox, Spanish Flu, depression and even 59 years of abandonment. Over 20 years ago, we began to bring this nearly forgotten music hall back from the brink of dereliction. We have come a long way since then and through our trials and tribulations (of which there have been a few), so many of you have stood by us and helped us breathe life back into the auditorium. You have filled it with your love, laughter, and song and we thank you for all you have done. But suddenly the music hall is quiet once more and once more at risk. The spectre of pandemic has cast a dark shadow over its future. Please help us make sure it is not abandoned again because of Covid-19. Help us make sure that in 2021 the music hall will ring again with laughter and song.
About Save Our Theatres
In villages, towns and cities across the country, theatres are at the heart of their community. Places to come together, to be inspired and be entertained. Theatres are where our best-loved actors learn their craft and thousands of others learn valuable skills.
But we risk losing this forever.
Theatres saw their main source of income disappear in an instant when they closed in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
We still don’t know when they will be able to reopen fully. This ongoing uncertainty puts theatres in a perilous situation. The government’s bailout is spread across all cultural organisations and certainly won’t be enough to save all of the UK’s theatres.
Every day theatres are facing the tough decision to make staff redundant and to close their doors until next year. And there is a real risk that those closures could be permanent.
Without urgent support, we could lose our nation’s amazing theatres. Please help us to make sure our theatres survive this crisis and will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.