Theatres Trust has awarded vital funding to five more theatres. Each will receive £5,000 from the Trust’s UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme for projects that enhance accessibility, address urgent repairs, environmental improvements and expand facilities.
One recipient is The Little Theatre Gateshead whose campaign to create a new rehearsal room to improve and expand facilities for its members, patrons and the local community will receive a boost with Theatres Trust funding. The improved provision will help protect future theatre use at this important community hub.
The purpose-built Little Theatre, built in 1943, is the only community theatre in Gateshead and home to The Progressive Players. It is also used by community groups for rehearsal, performance and community events. The theatre’s current rehearsal room is very small and a Theatres Trust UK Small Grant will contribute to a fundraising campaign to create a new rehearsal room above the auditorium. A benefit for members, patrons and the local community, the new room will help ensure the viability of the Little Theatre as a thriving cultural community resource.