The Albany Celebrates Culture Recovery Fund Grant

THE SHOW WILL GO ON!

The team at The Albany Theatre in Coventry is elated to have received the news today (12/10/2020) that they have secured a £250k grant from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. Without the funding, The Albany would have been forced to close at the end of the week, but thanks to the hard work and dedication of all at the theatre, they can now look forward with confidence.

Chair of Trustees, David Meredith said: “Everyone involved has done a fantastic job to open what was an empty theatre in 2013 and take it to where it is now. This money will help secure a sustainable future. We know that many other organisations and individuals have not received this crucial help and we have every sympathy for them. We are very conscious that The Albany will be critically important as a provider of opportunities in particular for children and young people and as part of the ecology of the local arts scene. We will not let people down.”

Earlier this year, The Albany Theatre was poised to press the button on their mini Autumn season and their redevelopment plans and this grant means that the button can now be pressed and events can go ahead as planned. Kevin Shaw, CEO and Artistic Director, is looking forward to an exciting new season of activity: “Our team has been working tirelessly to ensure that, subject to funding, we could provide safe yet enjoyable events, a diverse outreach programme and more opportunities to engage with and inspire the people of Coventry at a time when they need it most. I am delighted that thanks to government investment and Arts Council England, these plans can now be achieved and will start in the coming months. We hope to be a key player as we head towards Coventry’s year as City of Culture.”

Local MP Zarah Sultana, who joined The Albany Board earlier this year, says the grant has saved the theatre: “The Albany had exhausted its funds and would have had to permanently close its doors.  I am delighted that they have secured this grant and will be able to invest in new creative spaces that will generate enough income to ensure long-term sustainability.”

Commenting on Coventry arts and cultural organisations receiving Cultural Recovery Fund Grants, Ms Sultana said: “In Parliament I had called on the Government to support Coventry’s fantastic arts and cultural organisations and I had met with Ministers to push this forward. I am incredibly relieved that this is now happening, saving jobs, preserving opportunities that are enjoyed by so many people, and helping us to build towards City of Culture 2021.”

Thousands in the arts and events industry still struggle despite the funding news that some organisations were lucky enough to receive today. The Albany hopes to keep their small pocket of the sector thriving to give hope to others around the UK.

What's On?

Jekyll & Hyde (Virtual Reality)
Dear Santa 2020
A Christmas Carol in Concert
YOG Showcase
Carried Away
ACDC Experience
AAAAA (FiveA)
Legends of Swing
Colours - GAPA
Kayleigh Hill Dance Academy
The World Famous Elvis Show 2021
Special Kinda Madness
An Evening With Kevin & Joanne Clifton
An Evening With Andrew Davies
The ELO Show
The Smiths Tribute Band
Divorced, Beheaded, Died: An Audience with King Henry XIII
Jive Talkin'
Giovanni - This is Me
Rapunzel
Strictly Sherlock
Foster & Allen - Live in Concert
Barnum
Patti Boulaye - Aretha and Me
Sing It Coventry
Pulp Friction
Bernie Marsden - Whitesnake
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Vincent Simone - Tango Passions
Karl Loxley- Classical Voices
Emily Atack Has Left The Group
By the Waters of Liverpool
Not: Lady Chatterley's Lover
Clinton Baptiste Goes Stratospheric!
Macbeth
That'll Be The Day - 35th Anniversary
The Mersey Beatles 2021
80s Live
Neil Jones - Gingerland
Big Girls Don't Cry

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Please see here for any updates regarding building closure, event cancellations, postponed shows, and what to do next.
Whilst many public performances have been postponed due to the pandemic, we want to keep our venue flourishing and endeavour to become a new home to many of Coventry's community and social groups.
Immerse yourself in a virtual theatre performance, see everything around you from floor to ceiling. Get the equipment (all you will need to provide is a smartphone) and you're ready.
The Albany is pleased to announce that Zarah Sultana, Coventry South’s new MP, has joined the Board of the Charitable Trust that manages Coventry’s Albany Theatre and Studio on behalf of the community.
"We are ready to respond with creativity and enthusiasm as soon as we know it is safe to re-open... Rest assured, as soon as we have any news about The Albany we will let you know, we are ready to play our part in the re-emergence of live theatre."
Visit this page to see what's on(line) from venues and theatre companies around the country for you to enjoy at home!