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£85k boost for King’s Head theatre fund

Upper Street venue is close to reaching its target just 10 days after appeal for donations

22 May, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Ian Hallard and Mark Gatiss at the King’s Head in Upper Street

ONE of the borough’s best-loved theatres is within touching distance of safety after an emergency fundraising appeal amid the coronavirus crisis.

The King’s Head in Upper Street said it had raised around £85,000 in donations in 10 days.

Acting couple Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard, who are regulars at the playhouse, helped launch the appeal.

“Fantastic news that the King’s Head Theatre is so close to its goal,” they said this week. “In these unprecedented times, the King’s Head Theatre is a beacon of light, joy and hope. A social glue that we must fight to preserve.”

The Tribune reported last month how theatres were fighting for their futures. It remains uncertain as to when they will be able to open again.

But a fundraising drive is now just £15,000 away from hitting its target.

James Seabright, the theatre’s chairman, said: “We are incredibly grate­ful for Mark and Ian’s support at such a precar­ious time and are moved that so many people have donated at a time of financial difficulty.

“The King’s Head operates without any regular fund­ing, with 80 per cent of our income coming from box office sales, so this has been a lifeline. An­other £15,000 will help to secure our immediate future.”

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