WTM is part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of UK theatres.
Worthing Theatres and Museum has been at the heart of the Worthing and wider community for almost 100 years. We exist to inspire, entertain and enrich the lives of everyone in our community through arts and culture. We do this by bringing a varied, year-round programme to our venues; running education programmes with local schools; providing affordable tickets for those who need them and offering other opportunities and schemes to ensure that everyone has access to arts and culture.
2020 marked a new era for WTM, and was set to be our biggest year so far. In early March we launched our most exciting programme to date, alongside a new look for the organisation and a refreshed membership scheme. Then along came Covid-19, the necessary closure of all our venues, and the loss of 70% of our income.
A particularly big blow to WTM was the necessary cancellation of our much-loved annual pantomime - not only one of our most popular events of the year, but the source of a large proportion of our annual income needed to support the organisation for the rest of the year.
Why are we crowdfunding?
We are so grateful to the support our community has already shown us, as well as that of Worthing Borough Council and emergency funding from Arts Council England. We are fighting to ensure the future of WTM and continue to furlough staff, access all the government support available to us, and make savings wherever we can. It’s been particularly challenging in our first year as a charity, and we still have a long way to go.
We need your help to keep WTM open and bring amazing theatre, dance, exhibitions, circus and so much more back to our stages, screens and museum, so that we can continue to make memories together with our community for years to come.
Your donations will support WTM's recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, securing the future of arts and heritage in Worthing.
Rewards purchased by midday December 18th will be dispatched in time for Christmas. All rewards will be fulfilled in line with government guidelines on Covid-19. For more information on WTM Memberships and associated terms and conditions please click here
WTM exists to bring the very best arts and heritage to the people of Worthing, Sussex and beyond, engaging and inspiring our community with a year-round programme of live events, cinema, workshops and education programmes. We are based in the heart of Worthing, and our venues - the Connaught Theatre and Studio, Pavilion Theatre, Assembly Hall and Worthing Museum - welcome over 340,000 people each year. We work with renowned theatre makers, music promoters and producers and in 2016 we launched the third largest annual contemporary circus festival in the UK. Worthing Museum holds notable collections of fine and decorative arts, toys and archaeology, as well as the largest collection of everyday wear in the UK.
Our vision is driven by the tireless passion and efforts of the team over many years, culminating in the launch of WTM as a registered charity in 2019. We have a strong track record and ambitious plans to put Worthing on the map as a cultural focal point in the South East.