TORCH THEATRE UPDATE
The Torch Theatre is temporarily closed
In response to the Government announcement that people should avoid public spaces such as pubs, clubs and theatres, and under advice from UK Theatre (the UK’s professional performing arts membership organisation), we regret to inform you that we have temporarily closed the Torch Theatre to the public. This takes place with immediate effect and whilst the advice for closure is currently undefined, we anticipate being closed until at least Thursday, 30th April 2020.
Public health is the first priority
This has been a very difficult decision to make but the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic is now at heightened levels and the health and safety of our audiences, customers, staff, volunteers and performers is the number one priority. We believe that to temporarily close to the public is the best decision based on the advice at hand.
Please do not contact box office
A number of touring companies have already asked to postpone their performance date(s) here. We are now in the process of contacting the performers and production companies who are due to perform at the Torch Theatre during this period of closure, with the intention of rescheduling the shows to a date later in the year. If you have a ticket(s) for a forthcoming performance our Box Office team will be in contact with you. Please be patient and bear with us, there are a high number of customers to contact and our team are working at full capacity under difficult circumstances.
Help protect and secure the future of the Torch Theatre
As a registered charity, this closure and the decline in business over previous weeks has placed the Torch Theatre in a very precarious financial situation. We are reliant on the income from tickets to operate as a business and this closure is likely to have a devastating impact on the organisation. We really need your help to secure the future of the theatre and all the work we do in the community. We ask that if you can afford to do so, that you donate the value of your ticket(s) to the Torch Theatre. Those who are unable to donate their tickets will be offered credit to be used at a later date.
Stay well and we look forward to welcoming you back
We appreciate that these are very difficult and uncertain times. The news is changing daily on COVID-19, and we will keep you updated on any further news and developments through our social media channels and website. For the meantime, we urge you to remain safe and look after one another. We are determined to be back delivering an exceptional experience to our patrons as soon as is safe and look forward to welcoming you back to the theatre then.