The Leatherhead Theatre has been a pillar of the local community for many years. Sadly, the impact of COVID-19 has been absolutely devastating. As a charitable trust that receives no regular funding from local councils or Arts Council England, we need your support now more than ever.
The Leatherhead Theatre, formerly known as the Thorndike Theatre, named after Dame Sybil Thorndike, opened in September 1969, and has since provided a variety of arts for the local community. After closing in 1997 due to the withdrawal of public funding, the Leatherhead Theatre was reopened in 2001 by a charitable trust who are passionate about enabling and encouraging both personal and community transformation through the arts. With over 50 years of the arts taking place within the Theatre, we’re sure many of you will have fond memories of being here. Unfortunately, with current COVID-19 restrictions, we have not been able to raise any hire fees which would usually go towards covering the annual costs of running and maintaining this Grade II listed venue.
The Leatherhead Theatre is close to the hearts of the community, performers and staff, as well as those who experience what we have to offer: from Cinema, to Live Theatre. This fund is essential to allow The Leatherhead Theatre to continue offering these opportunities. Many local schools, dance groups, drama groups and local talent continue to frequent the theatre and to lose such a valuable performance space would be a great loss to the community.
Reaching the target amount will allow the theatre to cover rent and the costs of staying open in a time where there has been no income.
The Leatherhead Theatre needs your support, and we are grateful for any financial assistance you may offer.