Hall For Cornwall turns 21 this year and, although a relatively young adult, she is already feeling her age. Having had no major investment since opening and with shortfalls left over from the 1997 development, our venue is showing significant signs of wear and tear. Doing nothing is not an option and we are excited that public funds have now been secured to move forwards with our redevelopment. We have raised over 90% of our rebuild target through committed funding from ACE, Cornwall Council, HM Treasury, ERDF and HLF, who have all had the confidence in our redevelopment and bought into our vision. The remaining project funding will be raised from private fundraising – a target we have made significant strides towards with £1m already raised from trusts and foundations, individual donors and through the Big Give match funding initiative.
With our theatre now closed for redevelopment, we are not currently operating an active membership scheme. Late 2019 we are aiming to launch a new scheme as we begin to look towards opening our doors once again in 2020.
Some of our members have chosen to renew their membership, making an exceptional gift through supporting the community outreach work we are undertaking during closure. If you are interested in gifting your membership, please click one of the options below or call Sean Sweeney on 01872 321 974.
Why we need your help...
Not everyone knows that Hall For Cornwall is a registered educational charity, run for the public benefit. Around 10% of our running costs are covered by Arts Council England and Cornwall Council. The remainder is raised through ticket sales, commercial activity including the bar/café, and the support of our members, corporate friends and other donors.
How your support helps...
Over the years, the generosity of our supporters, people like you with a passion for theatre, has allowed us offer a programme of engagement across Cornwall’s diverse communities. We have given performance opportunities to an estimated 100,000 young people. Our Youth Theatre has performed on stage at London’s National Theatre and Stratford’s RSC. Erica Whyman, RSC Deputy Artistic Director, commented on the development “We have a long and fruitful relationship with Hall For Cornwall. We have toured our work there for over a decade, most recently with my own production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2016. They are our theatre partner in the South West for our Education Department’s Associate Schools scheme, which looks to make Shakespeare as accessible as possible to young people. The plans for the redeveloped theatre are very exciting, and we look forward to working with the team in the future.”
Every project funded has allowed us to widen the accessibility of our offering to new audiences or increased the welcome to existing ones. For all this support, we truly thank you. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be developing a host of plans and fundraising initiatives to get the community involved in helping us reach the final target for the capital appeal. Whether through extending your membership, making a donation or leaving a lasting legacy – we’d love to hear from you and for you to be involved in our exciting future.
Keep in touch...
Please do ensure your details and preferences are updated on the My Account page section on our website so that we can keep in touch. Alternatively, if you’d like to talk in confidence about any individual or group support or initiatives, then please contact Jowdy Davey, Head of Fundraising on 01872 321995.