#SaveOurTheatres – King George’s Hall

King George’s Hall is part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of UK theatres.

2020 was meant to be an exciting year of planning and delving into our heritage in the lead up to our 100th centenary celebrations.  We were excited to be continuing an upward trend of high profile acts with more of you coming through our doors than ever before. Then Covid-19 hit and with no warning, we closed our doors, never even considering that they would remain shut six months later.  Our entire industry is fighting to survive so your support in any way would mean the world to us.  You can donate, purchase one of our rewards, tell all your friends about us and the campaign, and you can even set up your own fundraising page to support us. Whatever you can give to help us reach our goal could make all the difference to us.

Why are we crowdfunding?

King George’s Hall risks permanent closure because over 80% of our income comes from events; ticket sales, bar sales and room hires.  With the doors closed, we are not able to generate enough income to cover our overheads, despite reduced costs whilst we are not able to open as normal.  Social distancing creates financial gaps as well as physical ones. With no date of when social distancing restrictions will be lifted, we have had to take the difficult decision to postpone previously announced events leaving us in a continuing fight for survival.   We typically need at least 75% of seats sold for a show to be financially viable. Social distancing will reduce our capacity to 30%, dramatically reducing our ability to earn the income needed to keep on going.

Your kind donations will be used to help cover the following immediate costs:

Maintenance work – we’ve been using the time to cover that infamous pink and repair upholstery but there’s more to do

Artist fees – so many talented people have seen their livelihoods decimated by this pandemic.  We want to pay them fairly to do their jobs when we may not to be able to welcome enough of you into our rooms to do that

King George’s Hall has been a focal point of Lancashire’s Cultural Landscape for nearly 100 years.  Built as a public hall, the venue has been entertaining and supporting the community through the good times and the bad.  Beyond being a community resource, we are at the heart of creativity and entertainment in the town. Whether its pantomime or corporate events, rock gigs or comic conventions, Club Tropicana or Sing Together, we have given you fond memories and we want to give you many more.

#SaveOurTheatres 

Please donate here and share the page widely and do what you can to help us to make sure our theatre survive this crisis.