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Marianne Elliott joins the Theatrical Guild as our new Ambassador

We are delighted to announce that Marianne Elliott has joined the Theatrical Guild as our new Ambassador. Marianne is Artistic Director of the theatre company Elliott & Harper Productions, which she founded in 2016 alongside producers Chris Harper and Nick Sidi. For Elliott & Harper Marianne’s stage directing credits include the recent Broadway transfer of…

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Liz Robertson appointed new President

We are delighted to announce that Liz Robertson has been appointed as the new President of the Theatrical Guild, taking over from Phyllida Law who becomes our Honoury President. We are extremely grateful for everything that Phyllida has done for the Guild in her time as President and she will still have a significant role…

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The Good Exchange fundraising campaign approaches target amount – UPDATED

The Theatrical Guild’s fundraising campaign in association with the Good Exchange and Sir Iain McKellen has raised over £94,300 to date and is just £5,700 short of its target. Although the theatre industry is beginning to slowly re-open, there are still many theatre workers who remain out of work and, with no prospect of employment…

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Support awarded to over 1,000 theatre workers in 2020

In 2020, the Theatrical Guild gave financial and counselling support totalling over £500,000 to more than 1,000 theatre workers across the UK. Funds were distributed to those working in all backstage and front of house disciplines including Directors, Stage Managers, Designers, Box Office Assistants and Front of House staff, all of whom found themselves in…

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The Good Exchange Fundraising Campaign in partnership with Sir Ian McKellen

Many of the people working in backstage and front of house positions in theatres across the UK are low-paid, self-employed or on zero hours contracts, and many, through no fault of their own, have fallen between the gaps for available Government support. With theatre productions “on hold” until the autumn, possibly next year, and all…

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Remit Widens To Include Directors, Assistant Directors and Theatre Photographers

We are very aware that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of theatre professionals who are slipping through the net of Government and charitable support during these unprecedented times. As a result we have decided to widen our remit to include directors, assistant directors and specialist theatre photographers. An updated list of the people we…

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Covid-19 – Special Notice

The Theatrical Guild is dedicated to supporting backstage and front of house staff throughout the UK in times of difficulty.  During this time of unprecedented demand, we have seen a four fold increase in applications for help. As a small charity, our funds and resources are limited and our focus is on providing grants towards…

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Arts Council – Announcement

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant by the Arts Council to help our vital work in supporting backstage and front of house theatre workers across the UK in this time of crisis. The funds will be directed towards helping people cover their essential living expenses whilst the theatres are…

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Archive Transferred To Prestigious Bristol University Theatre Collection

The newly organised TTG archive is now available to peruse at the Bristol University Theatre Collection, the best theatre archive in the country, where it will be looked after and available on line for all to see. www.bristol.ac.uk/theatre-collection/ For years the archive has sat in cardboard boxes in a cupboard and piled on shelves, and…

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Prasanna Puwanarajah Joins The Guild As New Ambassador!

We are delighted to announce that Prasanna Puwanarajah has joined the Guild as our new Ambassador, and along with Gemma Arterton, Keira Knightley and Simon Russell Beale, will help to spread the word of our work as far and wide as possible. Prasanna studied medicine at New Oxford College and worked extensively in the NHS…

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