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The oldest working theatre in the country is launching a fundraising appeal to try to save the two hundred and twenty five year old venue from closure.
Richmond's famous Georgian Theatre Royal celebrates three major milestones this year but is finding it tough in the current economic climate. Bosses are now hoping donors will help secure its future:
The oldest working theatre in the UK is launching a fundraising appeal to try to save the venue from closure.
The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire, dates back to 1788.
Like many arts organisations, it is facing a challenging time as funds are cut.
This year the theatre celebrates a trio of anniversaries and has decided to set a target to raise £122,500 from donations to help it stay as a performance venue.
The theatre first opened 225 years ago. It is 50 years since its re-opening after the doors closed for more than a century, and this year also marks the tenth anniversary since the theatre was fully restored in a one million pound makeover.
Its supporters say its survival is vital to the local community.
Malcolm Bryant, Chairman for the Theatre said: "Everyone is aware that this is currently a challenging time for the Arts organisations. ..
This is particularly so for the Georgian Theatre Royal, which, in addition to its artistic programme makes a major contribution to tourism, young people and the wider community. The Triple Anniversary Appeal will support all our activities and allow us to educate and entertain."
The chairman of Britain's oldest working theatre is appealing to the public to help safeguard its future.
Launching the Georgian Theatre Royal Triple Anniversary Appeal to raise more than £100,000 Malcolm Bryant said,
The theatre in Richmond, North Yorkshire, originally opened in 1788.
Britain's oldest working theatre is launching an appeal to secure financial support for the future.
The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond needs more than 100 thousand pounds in donations to help it develop more learning facilities.
It is 225 years since the theatre was first built in 1788, 50 years since it re-opened in 1963 and 10 years since the theatre was fully restored in 2003.