Yvonne Arnaud celebrates Culture Recovery funding success

Monday 12 October 2020

We are relieved to have been awarded £248k in emergency support from the Arts Council England Covid Emergency Fund.

We are relieved and heartened to receive this critical emergency support. A small staff team is currently doing all it can to keep the theatre alive for the future and this support will help us plan for the new year and beyond.

Until social distancing is lifted and insurance cover is in place in the event of lock down, it will not be possible to mount larger scale productions, this award will help us reach the moment when we can re-open fully and bring theatre back to Guildford.

Joanna Read - Director & Chief Executive, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

After closing on 16th March, and cancelling our much-loved panto due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have recently re-opened with a socially distanced auditorium, as a Covid secure venue for a small number of one-night performances, with a capacity reduced to around 30%.

I’m thrilled and delighted at this brilliant news. The theatre recently celebrated its 55th birthday, this critical support will ensure we will be here for the next 55!

Dame Penelope Keith - Patron

I am delighted on behalf of all those involved in working with the Yvonne Arnaud and all the many supporters of the theatre in Surrey and beyond. Drama changes lives and this is just the encouragement we need to plan for an exciting future.

Stephen Bampfylde - Chairman of Yvonne Arnaud Theatre's Board

As a charity the Yvonne Arnaud receives a grant from Guildford Borough Council, but the majority of income is from ticket sales. With social distancing the seating capacity has been reduced to around 30%.

To find out more about our current series of one-night events, or other ways in which you can support the theatre, please visit our website (the link is in our bio!).

We are a theatre, and we are #HereForCulture.

With this support, we will be #HereForCulture and here for the people of Guildford, Surrey, and beyond for many more years.

Thank you for your support.