Greenwich Theatre is part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of UK theatres.
Greenwich Theatre is a safe space for creativity to take risks, stretch itself into uncharted places and discover something new. We encourage and support new and emerging work and artists. We operate collaboratively and openly with our entire community.
But this is a time of emergency. We gratefully receive some financial support from Greenwich Council but it's 5% of the money we need to survive.
Why are we crowdfunding?
Greenwich Theatre's business has recovered amazingly well over the last 10 years. But the theatre now risks permanent closure if we can't get urgently needed support to see us through to 2021
Your donations will be used to pay our staff and creative teams to begin rebuilding the lives of actors, directors, technicians and FoH teams to once again create and inspire.
About Greenwich Theatre
Opened in 1885, rescued from demolition in the 1960's and saved again from closure at the end of the 90's, Greenwich Theatre has recently emerged as one of the countries leading supporters or start up theatre groups and new works. We are a London base for many small companies making their start in creating and touring shows. We have a tiny team of just 7 full time employees supported by a team or part time staff and volunteers. We present (when we can) a year round programme of family, classic drama, comedy and new writing. Each year we produce our own pantomime which sells out and last year won the first "Best Panto" award at the Offies (Off West End Theatre)
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.