Queen's Theatre wins £350,000 of Arts Council England funding for QNew project
PUBLISHED: 07:00 31 October 2018
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One of the borough's theatres has been awarded a grant of £350,000 towards its programme to improve and develop the community venue.
Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, has received the funds from Arts Council England for QNew, a scheme to make the shows better than ever.
Artistic director Douglas Rintoul said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to the Arts Council England and to all our loyal customers for their generous support for this important QNew project.
“QNew is an exciting new vision and long overdue bit of love for our wonderful building, ensuring it’s used by more of our community and enabling us to make the best work that we possibly can.”
The Theatre has been fundraising towards plans to innovate and renovate the iconic building for artists, participants and audiences alike, assisted by the introduction of a 65p QNew Transformation fee per ticket, which came into effect on the theatre’s 65th birthday, Friday, September 21.
Since then, generous customers have already helped the theatre raise a public contribution towards QNew, of £6,481.
The funds will contribute towards supporting a number of exciting projects throughout 2019.
If all the £1million required is raised, these will include equipping a new dedicated rehearsal facility, creating a new room for local and regional artists to try out new ideas, building a new look ground floor bar and installing better air conditioning.
The Arts Council England’s Small Capital Grants help ensures their National Portfolio Organisations have the right buildings and equipment to deliver their work and become more sustainable and innovative in business. These Small Capital Grants allow organisations to consolidate and improve existing arts and cultural facilities and equipment, make energy efficiencies and develop digital technologies.
London area director at Arts Council England Joyce Wilson said: “QNew is an exciting moment for the London borough of Havering.
“The improvements to Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch will help it to expand and diversify both its participants and audiences, and this is very good news for local talent and the community.
“This work is crucial to the theatre realising its plans for the next decade, and will help to improve its accessibility.”