Derby Theatre receives vital funding from third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Published Friday 19 November 2021

Derby Theatre is absolutely thrilled to be among 925 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund, receiving a grant of £504,631.

More than £100 million has been awarded to hundreds of cultural organisations across the country, including Derby Theatre, in this latest round of support from this Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries, announced today.

The third round of funding will support organisations from all corners of the sector as they deal with ongoing reopening challenges, ensuring they can thrive in better times ahead.

For Derby Theatre, this vital funding will support our operation over the Christmas period, allow us to continue making our work accessible and to secure the Theatre’s viability as we emerge from the pandemic.

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Production photography by Pamela Raith: April Nerissa Hudson and Oliver Ashworth in The Little Mermaid (2020). Rehearsal photography by Robert Day: Nadeem Islam in Treasure Island (2021)

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said:

“Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from. Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.

Over £1.2 billion has already been awarded from the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund, supporting around 5000 individual organisations and sites across the country, ranging from local museums to West End theatres, grassroots music venues to festivals, and organisations in the cultural and heritage supply-chains."

Sarah Brigham (CEO and Artistic Director, Derby Theatre):

"We are thrilled to have been awarded funding from this latest round of Cultural Recovery Fund funding. This much-needed and much-appreciated support will allow us to support our operation over the Christmas period, continue to make our work accessible to all and help us secure the viability of Derby Theatre as we emerge from the pandemic.

Alongside colleagues across the cultural sector, we are still feeling the impact of the pandemic across all our work, so receiving this funding is fantastic news and a crucial lifeline for us at Derby Theatre.

I continue to be incredibly proud of our team at the Theatre, despite these challenges, for their tenacity and hard work in ensuring that we continue to operate and deliver a diverse and exciting programme of work for our loyal and supportive audiences, participants, artists and communities. We remain ever hopeful that the amazing support we have received during this difficult period will have a significant and positive impact and help us to recover and return stronger."

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Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:

“This continued investment from the Government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health. It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives”.