Network Theatre is part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of UK theatres.
Why are we crowdfunding?
Our theatre risks permanent closure because we have been closed since March 2020, with no clear date when we can re-open. This means we have received no income since March 2020 and have cancelled all shows for the foreseeable future.
Your donations will be used to pay our rent to Network Rail until such time as we are able to viably open and welcome audiences back.
About Network Theatre
Our 70 seat studio theatre under Waterloo Station was originally founded as the Southern Railway Dramatic Society (SRDS) in 1939. Operating continuously during and since the Second World War, this is the first time we have been forced to close. In the past 80 years we have provided our local community with classic plays to new writing, from comedy to drama, mixed media and musicals.
Our last production, as part of the VAULT Festival 2020 in March this year was Safe Sex by Harvey Fierstein. Below is the advert in the Festival programme:-
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.