SAVE OUR THEATRE - SAVE THE GLADSTONE
We need you now more than ever...
The COVID-19 crisis has significantly impacted the Gladstone Theatre with our full programme of shows being cancelled or postponed.
We are a non-profit charitable organisation who receive no regular public funding and we rely on our ticket sales and generous donations from the public to maintain our theatre.
We play a vital role in the cultural and economic environment of the local area and with our main income source having disappeared upon our closure in March, with no certainty on when we can re-open, we are asking for your help...
We need to raise funds to "Save Our Theatre" from imminent closure and allow us to re-open our doors!
Your donations to help us reach our £50,000 target will help us:-
- Survive the next 6 months
- Continue to deliver the high quality shows you know and love with a warm friendly atmosphere to the Wirral and wider communities
- Enable us to continue our crucial day to day work
- Adapt our building to become "covid-secure" with measures including the likes of:
- Thermal imaging cameras
- E-ticketing equipment to avoid contact
- Anti-viral door handles & sanitation stations
- Social distancing signage & Perspex Partitioning
- Covid-19 risk assessments
As a theatre we engage with our community and provide a platform for people to develop and express their creativity enhancing local creative skills both on and off stage.
Any support we receive really does mean the world to us and our campaign to survive this crisis.
Please donate, share this page wherever you can and help us in our fight to SAVE THE GLADSTONE
This is not the finale - it is merely an interval
If you've not visited us before and want to know a little about what we do, you can read about our history below:-
History of the Gladstone Theatre
Known as Wirrals hidden gem, The Gladstone Theatre has huge cultural significance founded in 1888 by William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers, now known as Unilever, to house his soap factory workers. We were the first principle building officially opened in the heart of Port Sunlight in 1891 by William Gladstone MP and used as an assembly and recreation hall for entertainment, political meetings, films, dance and lectures, something we still host to this day.
Home to famous evenings with, musicals, plays, comedies and resident societies our community theatre is also used by local operatic and musical societies, youth groups, soft play classes, dance schools, local musicians as well as hosting weddings, funerals, conferences and local business’ AGMs.
In addition to this we also run an incredibly successful three-week Christmas Pantomime, historical theatre talks/tours, Cinema Clubs, Coffee Mornings, Youth Theatres, Holistic Fairs and Art Classes.
We also have strong links with local schools to accommodate work experience and allow the youth to express their creativity to gain valuable skills to take with them into further education and the work place.
Reviews from audience members
- "A fantastic little theatre with a wonderful history. Staff and volunteers are lovely and nothing is too much trouble."
- "Lovely local theatre with such a variety of performances & very reasonable prices."
- "Such a lovely theatre and facilities. In quaint surroundings."
- "Wonderful greeting from staff. Theatre warm and welcoming.
Pantomime was a triumph, great atmosphere."
- "Beautiful theatre with fantastic shows and events. Would definitely recommend a visit."
- "It's been two weeks since we attended the first audience performance of Aladdin and my four year old is still going on about how amazing the show was! Definitely recommended! Thank you for the free ice cream on the night aswell, it was a nice little surprise."