We have launched an emergency fundraising appeal asking for help as we navigate this challenging time.
Like many other businesses across the county, COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on us.
At Royal & Derngate and Northampton Filmhouse, we earn close to 90% of income through ticket sales and bar revenue, all of which was wiped out overnight with the enforced closure of public spaces on 18th March. Such an immediate and unanticipated loss of income is unprecedented, with our theatres estimating more than 40,000 tickets cancelled or postponed since that point. With 85% of the venue’s 230+ employees now furloughed, our executive team, board and stakeholders are working towards re-opening when government restrictions and health advice allows. We are all passionately committed to helping ensure a positive future for this much-loved cultural venue which delivers more than £28million to the local economy every year, welcomes close to half a million audience members annually and has a vital role to play in the regeneration of the town centre.
James Dacre, Artistic Director, commented; “At Royal & Derngate, we’ve always been proud to be a place where communities come together. As we emerge from the current crisis, our role in bringing people together to share stories will be more important than ever. Whether that’s the thousands of artists and local people we champion on our stages every year, or the young and marginalised people whose talents we help to develop. Before the pandemic, we were entertaining more people than ever before. Our diverse programme drew tens of thousands of local people to the theatre each month, as well as touring around the UK – including West End transfers for four of our homegrown Made in Northampton productions this season alone.”
Marking the 136th birthday of the founding of the Royal Theatre, our Help Bring Us Back Together campaign highlights the many things you can do to help support us and play your part in securing Royal & Derngate’s future, ensuring that we can continue to build upon our success. This is much more than just donating – you can book tickets for events later in the year – including hit musical SIX and the annual pantomime; buy vouchers for gifts or become a year-long member.
Jo Gordon, Chief Executive, Royal & Derngate continues “We want to thank everyone who has been so supportive since we closed. We have been bowled over by all the messages of solidarity and encouragement, and the many people who have already helped by choosing to donate or accept voucher credit, rather than a refund, when their show has been cancelled. We are very aware that there are many people in need across the town and county at this difficult time, but we hope that more people might now consider making a donation to help bring us back together, when it’s safe to do so. We have an awful lot to look forward to!”