Chichester Festival Theatre is delighted and thankful to have been awarded a grant of £953,264 from the Governments £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, to help the organisation recover and reopen.
More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, announced by the Culture Secretary on 2 April.
Kathy Bourne and Daniel Evans, Executive and Artistic Director respectively of CFT, said:
Our Culture Recovery Fund grant is the best possible news, and testimony to the dedication of our staff throughout this very challenging year. Were extremely grateful to the DCMS and Arts Council England, and enormously buoyed by this vital boost to our resources.
This generous grant will enable to us to confidently reopen our theatre and deliver Festival and Winter seasons which offer the production quality that our audiences expect, support freelance artists, and maintain our commitment to inclusivity and our work with the community.
Hugh Bonneville, who headlined CFTs Family Fun in the Park last summer and recently appeared at the Festival Theatre in 2019s Shadowlands, added:
Underlying the UKs international Film and TV success is the best of British Theatre. So I am particularly delighted that Chichester Festival Theatre, my local theatre, is being supported so generously by the Culture Recovery Fund. The grant will enable it to reopen its doors with confidence, renew the relationship with its audience and take its place once again at the heart of its vibrant community.