Posted by Devenia Besant on 28 Jul 2020

After the outbreak of Covid-19 The Leatherhead Theatre finally re-opened it’s doors on the 7th July, but it’s not out of the woods yet and needs your support to help keep it open – this is due to the financial loss over the last 4 months.

Employee Jennai Cox says:

“I’ve been away from my second home now for more than four months. To describe this as odd is an understatement, but we are all living through our own oddnesses at the moment.

Although the The Leatherhead Theatre has reopened, I have not yet returned, mainly so it can continue to benefit from the furlough scheme and save itself some money.

Since closing, the theatre has lost something like £50,000. So frustrating, when it was heading for the best year since reopening in 2001.  All arts venues are suffering, as is a long chain of people and organisations who visit and use them. Without venues, however, where will they return to?

If you value yours, support it, in whichever way you can. Otherwise, to misquote a former wartime PM of ours, what has all of this been for?”

It’s no surprise to us that it was heading for it’s best year!   The Epsom and Ewell Families team have enjoyed many shows at the theatre over the last few years from family friendly shows to shows that cater for the more adult audience (with the last one being a live screening of Kinky Boots).  It really would be a shame to see the theatre close it doors for good.  Not only does the theatre host amazing live shows it’s also a cinema, it’s used by local schools, dance groups and drama groups – a great service for the local community!

If you would like to see the theatre stay then you can help them by sharing or donating to the recent Crowdfunder here every little helps 🙂

Dee xx

Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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