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Arts Council England confirms £35,000 emergency funding for Chesterfield Theatres

Arts Council England confirms £35,000 emergency funding for Chesterfield Theatres

Chesterfield Borough Council has secured £35,000 from the Arts Council Emergency Response Fund to support the re-launch of the Pomegranate and The Winding Wheel theatres as and when the current Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, hopefully later this year.

The grant of £35,000 is made possible with thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “Chesterfield Theatres can’t wait to get back to delivering the full range of shows and events that our growing audiences from near and far have come to expect. Our Theatres’ team are already considering how best to use the funding so that when the time is right for us to reopen, we will be in a position to create more memorable experiences for our theatregoers.”

The Theatres’ broad range of events, which includes drama, musicals, dance, comedy, concerts, talks and cinema came to an abrupt halt midway through March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Income from ticket sales, bar sales and venue hire are integral to the Theatres’ survival. The emergency funding will fund essential marketing costs to help the Theatres’ reach out to customers, old and new, and highlight some of the great shows planned for when lockdown measures are eased.

The Pomegranate and The Winding Wheel theatres are still subject to Covid-19 restrictions, but a series of Autumn shows are currently available to book including the Pomegranate Theatre’s hit Christmas Pantomime, Beauty and the Beast. To find out more about Chesterfield Theatres and to book tickets visit

The Grade II-listed theatres, the Pomegranate Theatre and The Winding Wheel Theatre, are proudly owned and managed by Chesterfield Borough Council.

The Theatres’ team have also been busy putting together resources and activities for the whole family, including a weekly quiz. You can find details about these by visiting:

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