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We are the home for 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.
STATEMENT FROM THE 503 TEAM
As a result of the latest government advice regarding Covid-19, we are closing Theatre503 to the public and pausing our current season with immediate effect. This is a precautionary measure and is in the interests of everyone’s health. We will be exploring ways of keeping our programming commitments further down the line. This is a precautionary measure and is in the interests of everyone’s health. We will be exploring ways of keeping our programming commitments further down the line. As well as sadly closing Paper Cut by Andrew Rosendorf that was opening this week, we will also be delaying Foxes by Dexter Flanders and In That Short Space by Joel MacCormack, and we will keep you informed, as soon as we can, as to decisions around other upcoming work.
This week was due to be the technical and preview week for Andrew Rosendorf’s stunning play Paper Cut, and it is the company’s shared desire with us, that they move forward where possible with preparing the show, with the aim of filming it so we can share it with the public, and the writer himself who is currently unable to fly over from his home in America.
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 would ask 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 be calling ticket bookers in the next few days, 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.