Oxford Playhouse has been awarded a grant of £1,056,596 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover, rebuild, and reopen. More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country, including Oxford Playhouse, in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, announced by the Culture Secretary today.
“We are thrilled and incredibly thankful to receive this significant grant from the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund. The last year has been unparalleled in terms of the challenges the arts sector has faced. At Oxford Playhouse we have been determined to stay connected with audiences and participants We have also reflected and refined our strategy for moving forward to allow us to build back stronger. This grant is testament to the amazing work that the organisation and staff team have delivered not just through our artistic programme, but by the hugely valuable work delivered through our Playhouse Communities and Playhouse Artists strands of work.
As we move forward, we are confident that Oxford Playhouse is in a strong position to recover, to remain resilient, and to support the recovery of the cultural sector. We can’t wait to welcome audiences back to our Main House and Studio Theatre as well as outdoors this summer and online.
The second round of awards made today is to support cultural organisations as they transition back to a viable and sustainable operating model. The grant received by Oxford Playhouse will enable us to reopen safely on 28 May 2021 with the launch of the UK tour of the critically acclaimed Blindness, produced by the Donmar Warehouse. Funds received enable us to recruit staff, contract freelancers and re-employ casual workers in our sector, who were most adversely affected by the pandemic. Funding will enable the Playhouse to continue to operate with social distancing in place, enable tours to proceed, artists to be employed and audiences to return safely. CRF2 support will sure up our reserves, to ensure that we can plan for the future with confidence and weather any further disruption in the months ahead. We are passionate about the work we do in: presenting innovative and inspirational work on our stages; delivering impactful projects within our communities to provide opportunity for all and address the inequality of our city and region; and in nurturing and supporting emerging and developing artists across our sector. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed support for organisations as they transition back to full operations and emerge in a post-Covid environment in the months and years ahead.”
We would like to thank Arts Council England, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and HM Treasury for the all of the support they have provided Oxford Playhouse through the Cultural Recovery Fund. We also thank the University of Oxford and Oxford City Council for their continued support, and all of our amazing audiences, donors and supporters who have contributed so generously to the future of OP through the Playhouse Plays On appeal.
Louise Chantal and Vanessa Lefrancois, Joint CEO/Directors Oxford Playhouse