‘Without the Hall For Cornwall, the region’s creative spirit, energy and drive would be drastically affected. A region like this without a theatre to serve it would be a travesty.’ Sir Derek Jacobi
Not many people know that we're a charity with every penny made reinvested back into developing our people and supporting local talent, young people and schools. Compared to bigger towns and cities, subsidy for the arts is low here and we need to ensure our longer-term sustainability & growth
When the theatre first opened in 1997, budgetary constraints left a range of unfinished works. We knew it was the start of the journey and that we would need a new building to serve all of the people of Cornwall.
Dialling forward 21 years and with the ongoing daily demands of a heritage building, the venue was showing significant signs of wear and tear and needed urgent attention. Without redevelopment, it is anticipated we would have closed within two years. As one of Cornwall’s most significant theatre providers, the current building was hindering our potential to drive forward our future and letting down the community it serves.
Ambition is powerful stuff. We’ve seen what it can do, for our young people, for our economy and for our community already. In a county where fewer young people make the jump to higher education than anywhere else in the country, ambition matters. Looking forward means reaching further and when barriers to attending theatre are real, there’s need to keep reaching.
We’re living in a shifting landscape. The digital revolution has changed all our lives and continues to change our world, attitudes and behaviours at break neck speed. We’re forging new ways of growing stronger and to build insight and understanding of each other, art and culture is a vital tool. With the pressure on cultural providers only set to intensify, now is our time to be bold and offer a social and cultural space Cornwall so desperately needs. Our existing building can’t cope with that pressure. We want to deliver a programme of work that opens up opportunities for all and where live performance belongs to everybody, recreating our existing space to inspire future generations.
The Difference We Can Make
‘My daughter’s main love of life is her drama and music and experiencing shows at Hall For Cornwall has brought it out. People don’t judge you in the theatre, it is where she can be herself.’ Abby, parent of a young girl from Cornwall Accessible Programme
‘The RSC has a long and fruitful relationship with Hall For Cornwall. We have toured our work there for over a decade and they are our theatre partner for the Associate Schools programme which looks to make Shakespeare accessible to young people. The plans for redevelopment are very exciting and we look forward to working with the team in the future’ Erica Whyman, Deputy Artistic Director, Royal Shakespeare Company