Grove Theatre is part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of UK theatres.
#SaveOurTheatre - Grove Theatre Needs You.
Grove Theatre is a stunning venue dedicated to providing the community with first class entertainment and incredible cultural outreach programmes. Managed by SLL we are a registered charity and are currently facing our biggest challenge yet.
Why are we crowdfunding?
On the 20th March 2020, Grove Theatre closed it's doors due to the global pandemic. Our tickets sales, hire and secondary income ground to a halt overnight and now 6 months later our doors remain closed. We are now facing extreme financial challenges and are doing everything we can to obtain external funding including government grants to secure our future, but we also need your help.
The Grove Theatre's programme boasts an Iconic Christmas Pantomime, wonderful Live Music events, first class Comedians, breath taking Dance shows and fascinating Live Talks. The heart of the Grove is our Cultural Outreach programme which includes working with local community groups and educational institutes (e.g. local schools). We are passionate that the arts are for everyone, not only are they enormous fun, but they help develop essential life skills in our young people.
We understand this is a difficult time for everyone which makes your support even more special to us. Any donation big or small would be gratefully received. We cannot wait for this extended interval to end so we can welcome you back.
About Grove Theatre
The Grove Theatre is a cultural hub for the people of Central Bedfordshire and the wider region. We provide a dynamic space for the enjoyment of a broad range of challenging, professional live entertainment and high quality cinema screenings. Whilst promoting individual development through creative learning programmes for all ages; and the hosting of a diverse range of community and business events.
We believe in art that entertains; that actively encourages participation and engagement; that is fully inclusive and challenges pre-conceptions of theatre; that knocks down barriers to attendance and inspires people to enjoy what they know, and attempt something new. We believe it is our role, and the role of the arts to support both the individual and the community by enhancing their overall quality of life and mental well-being through access to entertainment, education and participation within the community. We believe that art enriches lives and everyone should have the opportunity to experience that.
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.
Six months later, we still don’t know when they will be able to reopen fully. A decision won’t be made until November at the earliest – too late for most to put on their annual pantomime, which often provides the income to support the theatre for the rest of the year.
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.