Cygnet Training Theatre is part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of UK theatres.
Cygnet Theatre is campaigning to stay open and entertain our audiences in this difficult climate! As a recognised actor training centre, a charity and theatre we are in desperate need of Crowdfunding to continue our work.
Why are we crowdfunding?
Like so many others, our theatre risks permanent closure due to a lack of audience and the requirement to downsize our training with the current restrictions. We are doing everything we can to provide a venue which keeps our audiences, volunteers and students safe, but this requires a lot of work and means that we cannot have our intimate building as lovingly packed full and busy as it normally is. We are a small venue in a regional area, meaning that we are already in an at-risk category and not regularly funded by large organisations. Almost all of our funds come from ticket sales and student tuition fees.
We are Crowdfunding as most of the Government Grants and other Covid-19 related Charity Grants/Loans are not applicable to us.
Your donations will be used to fund maintenance of our old community building, to fund students from disadvantaged backgrounds and get policies in place to enable the smooth, and safe reopening of our venue.
You can get involved by making a donation, pledging on a reward or sharing our story with anyone you know.
About Cygnet Training Theatre
“The Cygnet’s method is eminently practical and reminded me of my own early invaluable experience as an actor in regional repertory companies, tackling play after play through the year. Audiences taught me more than any academic class could. In future, when I am asked what an aspiring actor can do to advance their hopes of a career in live theatre, I shall recommend applying for a place at the Cygnet.”
Sir Ian McKellen 2018
Cygnet Training Theatre is a professional actor training centre, offering Spotlight and Equity recognised three-year, foundation and postgraduate courses with selective class sizes. We are also a busy venue, producing and hosting productions in our intimate theatre throughout the year.
Cygnet provides hands-on repertory style training for the next generation of actors, with a long history of young thespians going on to tread the boards on the West End, Broadway and at the National Theatre, as well as creating exceptional work in TV and film.
Cygnet Theatre is also a community staple, used by many local groups offering them space to meet, rehearse, perform - whatever they need. Local professionals are regularly provided the opportunity to attend workshops and short courses with us, producing high quality professional development outside of London.
We have an active Youth Group with many being from under-privileged backgrounds who have an extremely high rate of going on to audition successfully for drama colleges and universities, as well as commercials, TV and radio.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of what we do, and doesn't include our in-house productions and visiting shows, our volunteer programme and much more.
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.