The Joseph Rowntree Theatre is part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of UK theatres.
Our theatre is the heart of community theatre in York. It welcomes a wide range of different shows throughout the year. We play a vital role in our community.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Fancy having afternoon tea on the stage or a Tote Bag with "I Love Joseph Rowntree Theatre" on it? These are just 2 of the many rewards awaiting you as part of this crowdfunder. It's just to choose which one you would like.
WHY WE ARE CROWDFUNDING?
The theatre’s activities have been decimated by the pandemic, with all scheduled events cancelled because of the forced closure. Events lost include: touring professional performers; local group productions; the ever popular panto; and the biennial Scouts & Guides Gang Show.
The pandemic has had a massive impact on our theatre as you can imagine. The closure has resulted in a devastating drop in income; 90% of our projected income for April to December 2020.
It has also badly impacted on our plans for the future. Money set aside to improve facilities is having to be used to keep the theatre operational. Without your support the future success of the theatre as an active social hub for the community it serves is under threat.
WHY THE THEATRE IS SO IMPORTANT
The aim is to raise £10,000 to help replace the income we have lost and to ready ourselves for reopening so that you can enjoy shows again safely.
We all love the Joseph Rowntree Theatre and what it means to the local community. There’s an amazing visual history of the theatre on the Crowdfunder page.
WHAT DOES THE THEATRE OFFER?
As well as providing a place for local community to take part in cultural activities, we also provide volunteers with opportunities to learn new skills from working backstage to Box Office. The range of productions is so broad from Pantomime to Dance and Drama Schools, Youth Theatre to Community Production.
With your support the Joseph Rowntree Theatre will reopen its doors and be there for many future generations of audiences, performers and everyone involved in making theatre happen.
Help us to keep this wonderful community theatre going. Head over to the Crowdfunder
You'll be surprised how much is going on in our virtual theatre - plays, opera, festivals, musicals - from local to international - don't miss out.