Tyne Theatre & Opera House awarded funds to improve accessibility

  • 8th February 2019
  • Posted by Tyne Theatre & Opera House

We are thrilled to announce that the Tyne Theatre & Opera House​ has been awarded funds to help us to improve the accessibility around the venue.

The Theatres Trust​ have awarded the funding, from the Theatre Improvement Scheme improving accessibility grant, in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation to 7 venues around the country.

The funding will allow us to provide better access to front of house, toilet and grand circle facilities for our disabled audience members, helping to cater better for audiences needs and make theatre going more accessible.

We work to ensure theatre buildings meet the needs of their communities, and making sure audiences with access issues are catered for is a key part of this. We are absolutely delighted that we are able to help provide audience members at Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre and Opera House, one of the few Grade I listed theatres in the country and an important community asset, full access so they too can enjoy all this beautiful building has to offer.’ – Theatre’s Trust

 

Theatres Trust is the national advisory public body for theatres. They believe that current and future generations should have access to good quality theatre buildings where they can be inspired by, and enjoy, live performance.

They champion the future of live performance by protecting and supporting excellent theatre buildings which meet the needs of their communities.

They do this by providing advice on the design, planning, development and sustainability of theatres, campaigning on behalf of theatres old and new and offering financial assistance through grants

theatrestrust.org.uk

Wolfson Foundation is an independent charity that aims to improve the civic health of society by supporting excellence in the fields of science, health, education and the arts and humanities. Founded in 1955, it has awarded over £900 million (£1.9 billion in real terms) to some 11,000 projects across the UK, all on the basis of expert peer review. The Foundation’s existing funding programme for the performing arts aims to support and promote excellence in the sector.

Wolfson Foundation has long been providing capital funding to the cultural sector, supporting museums and galleries, historic sites, educational institutions and performing arts organisations. Since the beginning of the 2017 Theatres Trust has been working with the Foundation to develop a scheme focusing on smaller, regional theatres, complementing its existing funding programme and building on the knowledge and expertise of Theatres Trust. Our partnership continues with the Theatres Improvement Scheme.

wolfson.org.uk/funding/arts-and-humanities/performing-arts/

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