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We are the home of new writers and a launchpad for the artists who bring their words to life. At our heart is a desire to find extraordinary new voices, match them with brilliant people and support the journey of their idea to the stage.
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STATEMENT FROM THE 503 TEAM
As a result of the latest government advice regarding Covid-19, we have closed Theatre503 to the public and paused our current season with immediate effect.
We will be exploring ways of keeping our programming commitments further down the line. As well as sadly closing Paper Cut by Andrew Rosendorf, we have delayed Foxes by Dexter Flanders and In That Short Space by Joel MacCormack. We will keep you informed, as soon as we can, as to decisions around other upcoming work.
You will have heard by now from quite a few organisations about the impact this will have on all theatre and arts events. For those who do not know how Theatre503 works we receive no regular public subsidy and rely on a combination of box office and hire fees (around 55% of our turnover). We need to fundraise the remaining 45%, made up of project grants and individual donations to enable us to stage the work of over 120 debut and emerging writers each year. We are also heavily reliant on brilliant emerging companies who make up the majority of our programming, who will be more immediately affected than us.
If you have already purchased a ticket in our March – June season, we are asking if you would consider turning it into a donation that we can share with the companies, but we will also honour any credit note and refund requests. We’ll are contacting ticket bookers, but do email us on firstname.lastname@example.org as well.
We will continue to find and support incredible voices from all over the world. We still have the small matter of reading 1,719 scripts from 45 countries from our 2020 International Playwriting Award to start things off and we are exploring all the ways we can support writers and the creatives that bring their words to life throughout these unprecedented times.
If you would also like to make a difference to what will be a tough few months for a very small, but devoted team who do everything they can to get first time writers’ work on stage, we’d be hugely grateful.
With much love to you and your loved ones,
Lisa, Andrew, Steve, Lauretta, Anastasia, Molly, Gaby, Jennifer, Daisy, Tian, Darcy, Toby, the Theatre503 Board.