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#SaveOurTheatres Crowdfunder Campaign Launches to Support Local Theatres with backing from Theatres Trust Ambassador Jude Law has partnered with Theatres Trust to launch an exciting, nationwide crowdfunding campaign to help save theatres across the UK. Close to half a million pounds has already been raised by theatres using the platform during lockdown, from over 7,450 supporters. This sparked the creation of a nationwide campaign which launched on 8th September with theatre fundraising pages going live up and down the country. 

From Festival and King’s Theatre in Edinburgh, down to the Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay, theatres across the United Kingdom, large and small, are uniting in this nationwide campaign to fight to #SaveOurTheatres. The campaign has also already garnered celebrity support from the acclaimed actor and Theatres Trust Ambassador, Jude Law.

With your help we can #SaveOurTheatres. 

Head to the campaign page at to show your support. 

In villages, towns and cities across the country, theatres are at the heart of their community. They are places to come together, to be inspired and be entertained. Theatres are where our best-loved actors learn their craft and thousands of others learn valuable skills. However, we could lose our theatres forever. Theatres saw their main source of income disappear in an instant when they closed in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Six months later, theatres still don’t know when they will be able to reopen fully. A decision won’t be made until November at the earliest – too late for most to put on their annual pantomime, which often provides the income to support the theatre for the rest of the year. This ongoing uncertainty puts theatres in a perilous situation. The government’s bailout is spread across all cultural organisations and won’t be enough to save all of the UK’s theatres.

Jude Law, actor and Theatres Trust Ambassador is backing the campaign:

“Growing up I was fortunate to be taken to theatres regularly and this was where my love of acting first began. To this day nothing beats the magic of live performance and the connection between audience and performer. We are lucky to have so many amazing theatres, from historic playhouses like Theatre Royal Margate to groundbreaking community spaces like Greenwich to intimate pub theatres like Hampstead’s Pentameters. 

But coronavirus has simply devastated our theatre sector. Communities across the UK are in real danger of losing their theatres forever and we risk losing a precious part of national culture and heritage. Theatres are a vital community hub that bring joy to millions of people each year and we must try and save these theatres for generations to come.

As a Theatres Trust Ambassador, I’m delighted to support the Save Our Theatres campaign, which is raising valuable funds to support theatres throughout the country. Please do give whatever you can to support this campaign.” 

Previous News

3 August 2020

Morecambe Winter Gardens Launches Crowdfund Appeal – Preserve the People’s Palace  – Press Release 

The Morecambe Winter Gardens has launched a crowdfunding campaign to preserve the building.  The Trust has worked tirelessly over the past three months to mitigate the effect of Corvid-19 on the future of the building. Raising essential money to pay for the monthly overheads of £3000 and clearing the historic debts. However, loss of income, cancellation of all events and current restrictions has seen their income drop by 80%. Despite the record amount of external revenue raised £250,000 all of these were for essential building works and required matching funding.  Professor Vanessa Toulmin Chair of the Preservation Trust states 

2020 was the start of a new beginning for the Winter Gardens Morecambe, to start the new season we had planned a number of significant events to enable us to raise the additional £50,000 required to match the funds already received and to enable the essential heating and restoration work to progress from November 2020.    But overnight our income was lost, our dreams in tatters as events were cancelled, our spritely but elderly volunteers shielded and the future of the building once more in doubt.  We had to make the choice of running the building but facing a deficit on the funds required for the heating and possibly risk losing those grants.  

By using reserves, renegotiating the mortgage on the building and working with the Theatres Trust and Lancaster City Council the Preservation Trust who own the building with the help of the Friends, managed to secure enough income to pay the bills and our fixed costs of £3000 a month for five months. After concentrating on stabilising the building and appointing new Trustees to help, the next priority was putting in a Corvid compliance booking system to enable the Friends of the Winter Gardens to start their tours and open their café.  Professor Toulmin continues 

The Friends and the Volunteers are an essential part of the success of the Winter Gardens – our volunteers on a Tuesday and Wednesday have continued to work in the building to ensure it’s safe and secure and the Friends have now opened the café.  But we have lost over £50,000 of income  – income that was essential to pay for the heating costs and essential upgrades to the structure.  Our crowdfunding campaign has been put together with the volunteers and the Friends – the people who have for many years given their love and devotion to the building for the benefit of the people of Morecambe.  Without them there would not be a building to preserve.

The campaign launched today takes as its slogan the original name for the Winter Gardens complex, the People’s Palace – and the Trust and the Friends are hoping that the people of Morecambe, Lancashire and the world get behind their campaign.  They have also submitted a grant for match funding so hope that every penny raised will be matched and help them reach their target.

Listen to Bernie, Malcolm, Glyn and Jan – look at the marvellous work they have all done and please help us move onto our next phase as a strong Winter Gardens is a strong and successful Morecambe. Every penny raised goes back into the building, we are completely supported by volunteers, no one is paid, every does this for the love of the building for the love of Morecambe please help us in any way you can. 

Rewards are also offered including a ghostly night in the building for ten people, afternoon tea in the Royal Boxes provided by the Friends and a special tour of the building by Professor Vanessa Toulmin.  The campaign will run throughout the year with additional rewards offered as the target is reached.  For more details see #PreservePeoplesPalace –

19th May 2020


The Grade II* listed building has had to remain closed throughout the lockdown, losing income from visitors, but the trust remains positive for the future…

mwG & COVID-19

17th March 2020

Due to the current developments of COVID-19, the Friends of Morecambe Winter Gardens have decided to postpone…


3rd March 2020

Following a six month review of the finances and commitments, the Winter Gardens Preservation Trust submitted a…


1st November 2019

The Morecambe Winter Gardens Preservation Trust today received the news that they had been awarded £123, 312…



17th October 2019

Historic England published their Heritage at Risk Register . Which is the annual…


5th October 2019

We are pleased to announce that our Acting Chair of Morecambe Winter Gardens Preservation Trust, Professor Vanessa…


2nd June 2019

The Friends of Morecambe Winter Gardens are launching an appeal to raise money to purchase and install the original seats from the…


23rd March 2019

£96,550 awarded to refurbish the heating system in the Winter Gardens Theatre in Morecambe to make it…


14th March 2019

Had five busy days of cleaning painting and meetings with Historic England Theatres Trust and conservation experts…


16th February 2019

Plans to lead Morecambe’s Winter Gardens into a “great and creative future” are underway with the launch of the theatre’s new board of trustees. 

Theatres at risk 2019

22nd January 2019

Over the past 122 years the stage of the Morecambe Winter Gardens has been graced by stars of variety, television and music….

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