About Wharf Theatre
The Wharf Theatre is an old canal warehouse renovated in the mid 70s with an extension in 1989. The community venue with capacity for 96 people offers an array of community and professional productions ranging from musicals, plays, talks, youth productions, schools shows, comedians and concerts. The theatre normally hosts around 26 productions a year attracting more than 4000 visitors.
The Wharf is supported by a team of over 80 volunteers including the trustees, management teams and front of house ushers. Furthermore, there are over 350 members of the theatre.
Proceeds from donations, venue hires and self-produced productions contribute to the overheads and ongoing maintenance of the theatre. Keeping the venue open costs approximately £20,000 per year in utilities, maintenance, rent and licences alone. The overall running cost of the venue are £60,000
Due to COVID we have had to close the venue as of March 2020, which would normally be the start of our Spring/ Summer season. This entire season has now been cancelled. A show season will normally bring in approx. £30,000 income. With no income, utilities, rent, performance rights, production budgets, and outstanding invoices to be paid we are now running very low on reserves.
This funding will support and enable the theatre to survive past this pandemic. So we can open our doors once more as a venue for people to explore theatre
Wharf Theatre Registered charity number 900417