The Lyceum Theatre in Crewe is set to receive a grant of almost £250,000 to support it during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
In an announcement made today by the DCMS (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), The Lyceum Theatre is set to receive £231,387.
The money will be distributed by the DCMS and comes from a central government fund set up to support the arts.
Adam Knight, Theatre Director at Crewe Lyceum said:
We’re delighted to receive this funding which will play a vital role in supporting the Lyceum through this very difficult period.
The money provided today will help us to meet the costs of maintaining the building through the closure period and will stabilise our position at a time when no trading income is available to us.
It will help to support our dedicated and skilled team. We are grateful that the DCMS has recognised the important contribution we make and would also like to thank our local authority partners who have been helpful and supportive throughout.
Like all cultural venues, we believe we have an important role to play in supporting the wider recovery. Crewe Lyceum is more than a theatre, it is an invaluable hub for creatives and communities to participate in and engage with arts and culture in Cheshire East.
We have a critical part to play in realising the regeneration framework for Crewe with the economic impact of our usual activities stretching far and wide; sustaining businesses and raising aspirations across the local area.
Crucially, this money is provided to assist us through to reopening when the situation improves – and we can’t wait to be able to welcome back our wonderful audiences when we are able to do so.
In response to the news Crewe and Nantwich MP Kieran Mullan, who recently spoke about the problems the theatre was facing said:
This is fantastic news for Crewe and the whole area.
The Lyceum team and the shows, plays and events they put on have actually been a lifeline for the town centre economy in recent years.
It has been incredibly difficult for the staff and they have battled through and I am glad we now have been able to secure them this lifeline of their own.
I know everyone locally is going to be really pleased to know their theatre isn’t going anywhere.
Speaking on behalf of Cheshire East Council, Nick Mannion said:
The Lyceum Theatre is a vital part of the economic vitality and cultural life of Crewe and the wider area, it is missed greatly during this pandemic.
This funding will be essential to enabling the theatre’s eventual reopening, enabling audiences to delight once more in what this wonderful theatre has to offer.
Live performance at the threatre have been susnded in Janaury 31st 2021.