The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford is delighted to announce that it has been successful in receiving a one-off grant of £35,000 from Arts Council England to help with core costs during the current period of closure and uncertainty.

The grant comes from the Arts Council England emergency response fund of £160 million, which has been made available for organisations and individuals not in receipt of regular Arts Council support.

‘I’m delighted that the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre has received this emergency funding,  it’s a lifeline that will help the theatre,  and an endorsement of our  important role  providing theatre  to audiences across  the south.’ Joanna Read, Director and Chief Executive, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

‘The theatre industry has some tough times ahead, so we thank Arts Council for supporting the Yvonne Arnaud, and for showing confidence in our plans for the future’, Julian Bird, Chair of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Trustees, and Chief Executive Society of London Theatres.

Celebrating its 55th anniversary in June, the Yvonne Arnaud is a charity whose main source of income comes from ticket sales. Guildford Borough Council kindly make an annual grant, and the theatre is fortunate to have the support of loyal donors, but without the safety net of future ticket sales,  Joanna Read and her team are working hard to ensure the theatre’s survival.

How to help the Yvonne Arnaud

The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre’s much-loved traditional family pantomime this year is Robin Hood, starring the always popular trio of Kit Hesketh-Harvey, Peter Gordon and Jamie Brook, from Friday 4 December 2020 – Sunday 3 January 2021. Please don’t wait until the last minute to buy your tickets, book now to provide an invaluable cash flow. Or, make a much-appreciated donation via the website at: