The Theatres Trust

Theatres Protection Re-opening & Reviving Fund

Theatres Trust is the national advisory body for theatres. We do this by providing advice, campaigning, and grant giving. COVID-19 has represented an existential crisis for theatres and this Re-opening and Reviving Fund will support theatres as they re-open safely after this crisis and beyond.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (274697)

Check mark Match funded




  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind


United Kingdom

  • "The Theatres Trust does vital work ensuring communities across the UK have wonderful theatres where they can enjoy live performance. I am proud to be an Ambassador of the Theatres Trust."

    — Alexandra Burke

  • "We’re rightly proud of our theatrical heritage in Britain. Without the Theatres Trust there would be fewer theatres and that would be a great shame for all of us."

    — Michael Ball


As a result of COVID 19 theatres have gone into liquidation, made staff redundancies, mothballed their buildings, struggled to gain public funding, been unable to make socially distancing work financially and been unable to keep up the maintenance of their buildings. Small to medium scale theatres will have used up their cash reserves to survive this period. They will struggle to afford the safety and maintenance issues needed to re-open and maintain their building and may close long term.


The Theatres Trust will solve the problem by giving grants to help small to medium scale theatres to cover essential re-opening costs to ensure they can open, as well as make further improvements and adaptations to their buildings post reopening. This could include safety measures like touch free taps in toilets and installation of plexiglass screens at box offices and maintenance issue that have resulted in neglect from the ongoing mothballing of the building that need to be addressed.