#SaveOurTheatres: Colchester’s Mercury Theatre appeals for support

The Mercury Theatre in Colchester was due to unveil its new building in September 2020 (photo: @MercuryTheatre on Facebook)

The Mercury Theatre in Colchester was due to unveil its new building in September 2020 (photo: @MercuryTheatre on Facebook) - Credit: @MercuryTheatre on Facebook

The Mercury Theatre in Colchester is joining forces with performing arts venues across the country as part of the national #SaveOurTheatres campaign

Launched by the Theatres Trust, the #SaveOurTheatres campaign aims to prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of UK theatres through raising awareness and vital funds.

The #SaveOurTheatres campaign, highlights the very real risk facing theatres and performing arts venues due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Mercury Theatre was in the midst of a £9.8 million capital redevelopment project when lockdown came into play.

‘Pretty much overnight, the Mercury lost £2.9million of projected income for 2020. Covid-19 has given us our biggest ever challenge,’ said Mercury Theatre executive director, Steve Mannix.

Throwing his weight behind the campaign, playwright and director Alan Ayckbourn said: ‘Where are we without our theatres? Our lives are greyer and our spirits poorer. May they open their doors soon and let some light back into our lives.’

To find out more and donate to the #SaveOurTheatres crowdfunder, see crowdfunder.co.uk/theatrestrust

To support the Mercury Theatre, see crowdfunder.co.uk/supportmercurytheatre

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