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Queen’s Theatre receives £100,000 Covid-19 grant from council

The Hornchurch theatre is staging a new production of West End comedy Neville’s Island (Credit: Queen’s Theatre)

Queen’s Theatre has received a £100,000 grant from Havering Council to help it recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Hornchurch theatre lost most of its income during the lockdown but still managed to hold four digital productions for the public. 

It also developed online activities for socially isolated people and continued to run youth theatre workshops online. 

The theatre has now been able to access support from Havering Council’s Additional Restrictions Grant, a discretionary fund set up by the Government for councils to help businesses hit hardest by the pandemic. 

It has already started staging a new production of West End comedy Neville’s Island and is rehearsing Essex musical Love Letters. 

Mathew Russell, Executive Director of Queen’s Theatre, said: “This grant is absolutely invaluable to the Theatre’s tricky recovery after such a difficult 14 months for everyone.

“We’ve been so very grateful for all of the public donations and emergency support, none more so than that from our stakeholders London Borough of Havering.

“As 85 per cent of our income is usually earned, it’s been a real daily struggle whilst the theatre remained at such limited capacity, but this extraordinary sign of support will help us keep the doors open, as we rebuild the theatre’s vital work at the very heart at our community over the coming months.”

Havering Council has distributed more than £60 million in Government grants to businesses across the borough throughout the pandemic. 

Councillor Damian White, Leader of Havering Council, said: “As we continue to follow the Government’s roadmap out of this pandemic, it is important to do everything we can to recognise businesses that have suffered the most throughout this crisis, and the burden this will have on the whole community.

“Queen’s Theatre is such an integral part of Havering’s culture, and this money will go some way to ensuring they can continue to provide great entertainment and community services for generations to come.”

If your business is struggling and you need support or guidance, you can visit Havering Council’s business support page online here

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