In common with other arts venues, Covid-19 has severely affected the Leatherhead Theatre. The venue has now launched a £30,000 crowd-funding appeal.
The theatre's Beth Petch writes:
"The theatre is an independent venue managed on behalf of a local charitable trust that receives no regular funding from local councils or government organisations (such as Arts Council England), and as a result we are reaching out to request your help with fundraising money to ensure the future of the theatre.
As we have no other means of funding The Leatherhead Theatre, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight the importance of an organisation like the theatre within the community; although (then named The Thorndike Theatre), we opened in 1969 to a wide range of arts/audiences, the theatre in recent years has nurtured a community focus, and many of your members may have fond memories of performing, to experiencing, what this theatre has to offer. To lose such an organisation, who cherish personal and community transformation through the arts, would have a profound impact on this transformation.
Attached below is a link to our crowdfunder, this crowd fund is made up of pledges and therefore any money donated will be returned if the target isn't met."