It has been announced that the London Theatre has managed to secure £35,000 in emergency funding from Arts Council England to protect and develop the company’s work.

The money provided by Arts Council England will help the company’s work with young and emerging artists and to move the annual Greenwich Children’s Theatre Festival online. It will also enable Greenwich Connects – a programme of streamed shows, actor and writer challenges, family activities and industry advice sessions, to move into Phase Two of the programme and provide wider support for our industry.

This second part of the theatre’s programme includes Emerging Artists Consortium in which a consortium of emerging artists seeking to reimagine their work for a range of digital platforms, and is offering mentoring for five emerging theatre companies provided by Tramp Theatre. The programme will also feature play readings which will see the theatre hire a company of actors to film a series of the short plays to be streamed for free and the Greenwich Children’s Theatre Festival will be moved online for audiences to enjoy at home.

Talking about the news, James Haddrell, Artistic and Executive Director, said “This funding is a great endorsement of the work that we have been doing over the past decade in supporting some of this country’s most exciting theatre makers, and in celebrating theatre for families in all its forms, and we are proud to be able to continue this work despite the global shutdown of venues. It is essential, when venues begin to reopen, that we have an infrastructure ready to present work to audiences who are already desperate to return, and this work plays a part in doing that, enhancing the skills of actors and artists while in lockdown and supporting the grassroots of the industry at a time of incredible fragility with work, commissions, training and audience engagement.”

To find out more about what the theatre is doing visit: https://greenwichtheatre.org.uk/greenwich-connects-2/