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Chichester Festival Theatre to receive £953,000 from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Chichester Festival Theatre is delighted and thankful to have been awarded a grant of £953,264 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, to help the organisation recover and reopen. 

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

‘Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced.

‘Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.’

Kathy Bourne and Daniel Evans, Executive and Artistic Director respectively of CFT, said:

‘Our Culture Recovery Fund grant is the best possible news, and testimony to the dedication of our staff throughout this very challenging year. We’re extremely grateful to the DCMS and Arts Council England, and enormously buoyed by this vital boost to our resources. 

‘This generous grant will enable to us to confidently reopen our theatre and deliver Festival and Winter seasons which offer the production quality that our audiences expect, support freelance artists, and maintain our commitment to inclusivity and our work with the community.’

Hugh Bonneville, who headlined CFT’s Family Fun in the Park last summer and recently appeared at the Festival Theatre in 2019’s Shadowlands, added:

‘Underlying the UK’s international Film and TV success is the best of British Theatre. So I am particularly delighted that Chichester Festival Theatre, my local theatre, is being supported so generously by the Culture Recovery Fund. The grant will enable it to reopen its doors with confidence, renew the relationship with its audience and take its place once again at the heart of its vibrant community.’

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

‘Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work. 

‘We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.’