Due to the current situation around COVID-19 it is with great sadness that we have taken the difficult decision today to temporarily close the theatre indefinitely

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A Statement From The Barn Theatre – 17/03/2020

With great sadness we have taken the difficult decision today to temporarily close the theatre because of government guidelines, and what the Prime Minister advised yesterday. We are now in a position where we need your help. As an unsubsidised charity, we rely solely on donations and ticket revenue which has now come to a halt. This loss of revenue is a hammer blow to us. Our acclaimed Built by Barn production of Ben Hur, along with all other productions, will therefore be postponed with immediate effect. It is estimated that we will lose upwards of £250,000 over the coming months which could ultimately close the theatre on a permanent basis. Our future is now dependent on our supporters and as such we are launching a donations campaign, working together with our community to SAVE OUR BARN.

Our priority is to the health and wellbeing of our audiences and staff. We will continue to monitor the situation during the coming weeks and adjust our plans as necessary in conjunction with the theatre’s needs and advice from the government.

We have been amazingly successful during this period, winning the UK’s Best Fringe Theatre of the Year Award 2019, gaining national recognition by producing 12 wonderful shows to upwards of 80,000 audience members; but our contribution to our community stretches further than just the theatre with large scale outreach programmes, school workshops and collaborative projects around the centenary of the First World War, the infamous Cirencester Human Poppy, and The Cirencester Advent Festival that have enhanced the well-being of our community and draw thousands of visitors to the town.

Tuesday 17th March marks the second anniversary since the Barn Theatre in Cirencester opened its doors to the general public. At a time when the theatre should be celebrating our amazing achievements, we find ourselves in a position where we are fighting for our very survival.

We need your help now!

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