#SaveOurTheatres - Savoy Theatre Monmouth

by Chris Ryde in Monmouth, Wales, United Kingdom

#SaveOurTheatres - Savoy Theatre Monmouth
We did it
On 8th November 2020 we successfully raised £20,365 ( + est. £3910.25 Gift Aid ) with 391 supporters in 61 days

We’re part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to prevent the permanent closure of UK theatres. Please support our campaign.

by Chris Ryde in Monmouth, Wales, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We operate a Grade 2* listed building, the maintenance of which is costly and continuous. Therefore any extra money received will go towards infrastructure improvements, particularly those already identified as necessary to reduce our carbon footprint and our energy costs. We are looking in particular at new windows, and a destratification  fan to reduce heating bills. 

The Savoy Monmouth is part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of UK theatres.

Ten years ago the Savoy was bankrupt and in danger of closing. In November 2019 it won the Theatre of The Year given by the Welsh Hospitality Awards. We have come a long way in ten years  without any form of state aid and we want to be around in another ten when the present building will celebrate its centenary. The Savoy stands on the oldest post-Roman theatre site in Wales and a permanent theatre was first established here in January 1851. We are determined that the present crisis will not cause us to close. 

Why are we crowdfunding?

Our theatre risks permanent closure because we have no state or local authority aid. We rely 100% on box office income and that has been denied to us for five months. We have built up some reserves but these will run out in early 2021 if we do not get some help, or we not allowed to re-open to large gatherings.  

Your donations will be used to protect the future of this beautiful art deco building which is an architectural gem and delights all who perform and attend.

About The Savoy

The present Savoy stands on the site of the Bell Inn which was built in 1672. Performances took place in the rooms here from an early date and the first permanent New Theatre under the ownership of J F Rogers opened on 20th January 1851, nearly 170 years ago. It opened as a cinema in 1910 and was extensively refurbished in 1927 and remained a cinema for most of the 20th century but closed in the 1980's and 90's. It was rescued by the present management trust in 2010, live performance reinstated, and has gone from strength to strength ever since. 

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.


Please donate, share this page widely and do what you can to help us to make sure our theatre survive this crisis. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more


You will receive an official Thank You on our newly created website page: SAVOY STARS

£25 or more

Get an exclusive I SUPPORT THE SAVOY T Shirt

You will receive a brand new I SUPPORT THE SAVOY T Shirt either Large or Extra Large and a Thank You on our Savoy Star website page

£75 or more

Exclusive Tour of the Savoy for up to FOUR people

You will receive a personal tour of the wonderful Savoy and hear about the history of the building and see backstage and the projection area where all the magic happens. You will also receive a free drink on arrival and a mention on our newly created Savoy Star website page. Time of tour arranged to suit

£125 or more

Signed unframed print of The Savoy by Lindsay Reid

A signed print of The Savoy by Ross-on-Wye artist Linsday Reid

£200 or more

Signed framed print of the Savoy by Lindsay Reid

A framed and signed print by Ross on Wye artist Lindsay Reid

£300 or more

Buy A Cinema Pass for One Year

This Savoy Gold Pass will allow the bearer to visit the cinema as many times as he/she wishes in a 12 month period. Special Cinema and Live events are excluded.

£1,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Buy a BOX for One Year

Get a Savoy Platinum Card and you can use of one of the Savoy boxes on an unlimited basis for one year from re-opening. Up to THREE people can see as many films as they like during the year from the comfort of their own private box. It is not available to use for Special Cinema or Live events

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