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The Roses Theatre receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

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The Roses Theatre has been awarded £248,391 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future; the Culture Secretary has announced today.

The Roses is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

The Roses is a community-led arts centre in Tewkesbury with an eclectic programme of live events, participatory activities, exhibitions and festivals. It has a renowned independent & alternative film programme, a vibrant live and theatre programme, and a rich history that infamously includes Eric Morecambe’s final appearance.

Originally built in 1974 to provide a cultural heart for Tewkesbury, it boasts a beautiful 370 seat auditorium. An extension in 2015 expanded the venue’s front of house space and created a new bar and coffee shop. The Roses is the cultural heart of Tewkesbury and the surrounding areas, and as such is a valuable – and valued - community resource.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

“This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery. 

“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”

Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:

“Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”

Director of The Roses, Jessica Brewster, said:

“While we have a long road of recovery ahead, this funding is vital to the survival of The Roses after the devastating impact of Covid19 on us and everyone in the arts industry. The money will support the theatre in staging a Covid-secure Christmas show and enable us to pay ongoing venue costs until March 2021”

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