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CASH BOOST: Rickmansworth theatre receives £63,000 grant 

 Published on: 5th December 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Music, drama and comedy will light up the stage of Watersmeet Theatre in the coming year thanks to a significant government grant, it has been announced.

The £63,500 from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund will enable the renowned Rickmansworth cultural venue to continue to host a variety of live performances including comedy nights, children’s shows and tribute acts to encourage local residents of all ages back to the theatre.

The 515 seat theatre opened in 1975 and is owned by Three Rivers District Council. The venue’s main auditorium incorporates a unique floor which can transform from a fully tilted theatre style set-up to a flat floor and even a dance floor at the push of a button.

Councillor Chris Lloyd, Lead Member for Leisure at the council, said: “I know how important this funding is to Watersmeet and how hard the team has worked to enable the venue to put on a variety of shows.  We know the public are keen to return to live entertainment and now it’s all about the confidence within the community.” 

Watersmeet is also home to Artistsmeet, a contemporary exhibition space which has been created in the theatre’s foyer and hosts a variety of artists’ work.

More than £100 million has been awarded to hundreds of cultural organisations across the country including Watersmeet in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced on Thursday.

The third round of funding will support organisations from all corners of the sector as they deal with ongoing reopening challenges, ensuring they can thrive in better times ahead.

Josh Sills, Watersmeet Venue Manager said: “I’d like to thank the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Arts Council England for awarding this funding to our theatre. This money will allow us to develop further and continue to be the cultural hub of the district.  Watersmeet plays a vital and significant role especially for the underprivileged areas, in introducing young people to theatre and is often the place where they will experience their first live performance.”

Over £1.2 billion has already been awarded from the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund, supporting around 5000 individual organisations and sites across the country ranging from local museums to West End theatres, grassroots music venues to festivals, and organisations in the cultural and heritage supply-chains.

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