The Stage Door have been successful in a funding bid to Arts Council England Culture Recovery Fund.

First published: Saturday 03 Apr 2021

The Stage Door Darlington to receive funding from the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

The Stage Door Music & Theatre venue/bar owned by Stage & Screen Productions are among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

This award will secure the future of cultural events at The Stage Door Music & Theatre venue/bar in Darlington and allow for the companies production and education work to continue in music, theatre and film & television.

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Stage & Screen Productions Ltd in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

The funding will be used to restart live cultural events including strengthening work in education, training and supporting local performers There are some exciting projects planned for 2021/2022 in Buckton’s Yard.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead. 

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said, 'Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.'

Creative Director, Michael Fenwick, said, 'We are delighted to be awarded funding from the Culture Recovery Fund.  We can now continue with planned productions and events after lockdown.  Jobs have been secured and we can now further our investment in Darlington.

We can’t wait to welcome back visitors to The Stage Door venue in Buckton’s Yard and develop our cultural and education program right here in the town centre.'

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, saiid, 'Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work. 

We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.'

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute. 

Find out more about Stage Door on their website or give them a Like on Facebook. The venue will also open on 12th April at 10.00am with their lovely patio area and new private seating area with heaters and canopies.

Tables of 6 are now permitted. COFFEE SHOP OPENS AT 10AM (TAKEAWAY ALSO AVAILABLE - BAR OPENS AT MIDDAY) Message us or call 07709558623 should you prefer to reserve a table. 

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