Churchill Theatre Bromley to receive £435,586 support funding from the government’s £1.57bn Cultural Recovery Fund

Published Monday, 12 October 2020

The Churchill Theatre Bromley has received a total of £435,586 in grant funding from the Department of Media, Culture & Sport (DCMS) £1.57bn Cultural Recovery Fund.

The fund, which was set up and announced by the government in July, makes urgent support available for cultural organisations that were financially stable before the COVID-19 pandemic. Money has been provided from central government via the DCMS, and Arts Council England administered the fund.

The Churchill Theatre Bromley is among 1,385 theatres, museums and cultural organisations across England sharing £257m in grants today.

In line with other venues and cultural buildings, the Churchill Theatre, Bromley has remained closed since March because of government restrictions imposed to protect public health. Performances at the Churchill Theatre Bromley are suspended until January 31st 2021, although opportunities to re-open parts of the building, or to plan socially distant performances, are being kept under review.

Although socially distanced performances are now permitted under current guidelines, it is difficult for most theatres, concert halls and live entertainment venues to reopen whilst social-distancing restrictions remain in place.

Chris Glover, Theatre Director at the Churchill Theatre Bromley, said:

“We are delighted to receive this funding, which will play a vital role in supporting the Churchill Theatre during this difficult period before we can reopen.

The money provided today will stabilise our financial position at a time when no trading income is available, help meet the cost of maintaining the building, and support our dedicated and skilled team.

We are grateful that the DCMS has recognised the important contribution the Churchill Theatre makes both locally and nationally, and we would like to thank the London Borough of Bromley for being helpful and supportive throughout.

Like all cultural venues, we believe we have an important role to play in driving footfall and supporting the economic recovery of our town centre.

We cannot wait to welcome back our loyal audience when we are able to do so.”

Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal, Recreation and Housing, said:

“We were pleased to support the Churchill Theatre’s application for this government money, which goes some way to ensuring that the theatre will be able to re-open when the time is right.

The Churchill Theatre, like much of the hospitality economy, contributes to much, not just to our local economy but also to our cultural and social life and we all look forward to the day when we can both see and hear the delights that theatre can bring, especially of the calibre of shows that the Churchill Theatre has promoted.”

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For further information, please contact Chris Glover, Theatre Director, Churchill Theatre: cglover@churchilltheatre.co.uk