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Closed 14/03/2021

139%
£6,985
raised of £5,000 target by 175 supporters

    Weʼve raised £6,985 to Keep the lights on at The Bear Pit Theatre. Stratford-upon-Avon's little theatre with big ideas.

    Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6LU
    Funded on Sunday, 14th March 2021

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    A huge thank you to all who have so generously donated in such a short space of time. The messages we have received so far have been incredibly heartfelt during these challenging months. We may have reached our initial target but every day our doors remain closed is yet another day we do not receive any ticketing income to support our operational costs. As a charity, we need your help to ensure your 'little' theatre can re-open as soon as possible; please continue to donate anything you can.

    The Bear Pit Theatre Limited is a not-for-profit company and a registered charity no: 1156259. As a charity we are able to claim 25p for every £1 donated if you are a UK tax payer.

    Please note that JustGiving minus their fees of 2.9% +0.25p per donation before transferring the funds.

    The Bear Pit Theatre is a volunteer-run community theatre based in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

    As well as producing our own productions, events and social activities every year, we also make our venue available for use to a number of other societies, charities and artists.

    The Bear Pit is facing uncertain times, owing to the current pandemic: we do not receive any regular grants or funding, with the majority of our income being generated from ticket sales and hires.

    During our closure, we have been planning for the re-opening of The Bear Pit Theatre and had looked forward to welcoming our audiences back for socially distanced evenings in December. However, since Stratford and the rest of Warwickshire, went into Tier 4 and subsequently lockdown since January, these restrictions continue to hinder any chances for us to return and welcome back our audiences.

    Under government guidelines, our professional theatre colleagues can continue to rehearse and perform during this period of lockdown but community arts venues have not been afforded the same status. This means that The Bear Pit Theatre Company cannot even consider performing in our venue to a virtual audience.

    We have made significant strides to obtain grant aid but only with very limited success, as we fall below the radar of the larger, mainly professional organisations, who have received substantial recovery grants. Our efforts continue unabated with an application to the Arts Council National Lottery Fund about to be made, but even as a Registered Charity we cannot rely on our luck with grant applications alone.

    Bear' with us, as we wait for a time when we can warmly welcome our audiences back to our community venue and continue to produce our community performances for years to come.

    As a registered charity, every gift will make a difference and your support will help us to continue to create community theatre at its best. Please give what you can

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    • The Bear Pit Theatre9 months ago
      The Bear Pit Theatre

      The Bear Pit Theatre

      9 months ago

      A huge thank you to all who have so generously donated in such a short space of time. The messages we have received so far have been incredibly heartfelt during these difficult times. We may have reached our set target but every day our doors remain closed is yet another day we do not receive any ticketing income to support our operational costs. As a charity, we need your support to ensure your 'little' theatre can re-open as soon as possible.

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    • The Bear Pit Theatre9 months ago
      The Bear Pit Theatre

      The Bear Pit Theatre

      9 months ago

      A huge thank you to all who have so generously donated in such a short space of time. The messages we have received so far have been incredibly heartfelt during this challenging time. With no ticketing income received, since March 2020, to support our ongoing operational costs, it is now more than ever that we need your help. Your donations will go a long way to ensure we can successfully reopen this community venue as soon as government restrictions allow. Like us on FB: https://en-gb.facebook.com/thebearpittheatre/

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    2 years ago

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    Supporters

    175

    • Brian and Pauline Keefe

      Brian and Pauline Keefe

      Mar 11, 2021

      Keep going

      £20.00

    • Terry Fisher

      Terry Fisher

      Mar 6, 2021

      The Arts need and deserve support. The work and effort put in to create this venue is remarkable. Good luck to one and all involved .

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 6, 2021

    • Paul Tomlinson

      Paul Tomlinson

      Mar 5, 2021

      Proceeds from second online quiz. Thanks again to all who took part.

      £110.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 1, 2021

    • Kirsty and Adrian

      Kirsty and Adrian

      Feb 25, 2021

      Looking forward to when you can open again.

      £50.00

    • Chris carpenter and John Francis - quiz

      Chris carpenter and John Francis - quiz

      Feb 25, 2021

      £10.00

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