Storyhouse Theatre is needed more than ever – as a beacon of hope, to cheer us up and for the certain return of good times.
They are one of over 500 registered charities that run theatres. Two thirds of them expect to be out of business by Christmas. And it’s easy to see why – putting theatre on a stage right now is impossible. Unless something changes soon, Storyhouse will similarly be at risk of closure.
They’ve announced the postponement of Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, their charity’s biggest project and which accounts for one fifth of their total ticket turnover for the year.
This places them in a battle for survival as they struggle with the lack of guidance to theatres about how and when it is safe for them to open, and how producers such as Storyhouse will be able to create productions when they are.
As a charity, they take no profit: every £1 they earn is spent on making a difference in the community. They earn over three quarters of their income from trading and it costs over £200k a month to keep Storyhouse open.
They plan to open Storyhouse, including the library and cinema soon.
There are four ways you can help them now.
- Become a member. They’re launching the Storyhouse Card, packed full of benefits for members. Streaming membership with no commitment is just £4 per month. It will help them get back on the road right now, and will give you some really super privileges too.
- Donate. A small regular monthly donation is the easiest way to support us, it’s a simple, easily managed process.
- Volunteer. If you’d ever thought about joining their amazing army of volunteers.
- Pay it Forward. . One of the best ways to help (and the most joyful for both of us) is to buy a ticket for a Storyhouse Originals show. These are home-produced shows, and their charity retains 100% of income. They’ll be posting details of new shows as soon as they come on line. In the meantime, you could buy yourself or a friend a gift voucher.