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Great North Run : Sunday 11th September 2022

Louise Grayford has taken up challenge of running this 1/2 Marathon in support of The Theatrical Guild. To read her powerful story, to encourage her during her training and to support her fundraising, go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/louise-grayford Every penny raised will help Backstage and Front of House theatre staff, via TTG’s Beneficiary Programme, and we are…

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TTG Award Winners : June 2022

“Congratulations” to our talented TTG Ambassadors, on their success at The 75th Tony Awards. Marianne Elliott received her 3rd Tony – the first woman to do so – for Directing COMPANY. And Simon Russell Beale for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play, for THE LEHMAN TRILOGY. TTG is very…

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ABTT 2022

TTG are delighted to be chosen as the charity partner at this years ABTT Theatre Show taking place at Alexandra Palace on June 22nd & 23rd. You’ll find us at Stand No D62 – so, do come a say hello ! Get your free ticket here https://www.abtt.org.uk/abtt-theatre-show/register-now/

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Thanks to Dare To Do It !

Dick & Angel Strawbridge, the stars of Channel 4’s hit television series, Escape to the Chateau, took to the road in Spring 2022 with their hugely successful “Dare To Do It” tour. The 28- performance tour gave audiences a fascinating insight into what inspired the husband-and-wife team, to bring their fairy tale castle, the Chateau-de-la-Motte…

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West End Flea Market 2022

The Acting for Others event on Saturday 21st May at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden was a resounding success, raising over £45,000 in support of their Member Charities. Congratulations to all concerned. Special thanks goes to Golda Rosheuvel – TTG’s wonderful Ambassador – who was a Stall Judge, with Michael Ball and Christopher Biggins….

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New Trustees

TTG are delighted to announce the appointment of three new Trustees to support our development work in 2022 and beyond. They are ANNA DACK – Industry Communications Manager for META (formerly Facebook) : DAVID GREWCOCK – Theatre Director & Producer : EMMA LAUGIER – Theatre Marketing Director & Business Manager.

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Alan Russell – Theatre Consultant

Alan Russell – who recently died at the age of 78 – was married to Jo Hart, had two sons, Ben and Thomas & two grandchildren Anna and Joe. In acknowledgement of Alan’s outstanding theatre career, TTG was chosen as the charity to benefit from his In Memory Donations and we received an incredible £1,380…

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Spring 2022 : Funding News

We are delighted to announce that Acting for Others have awarded The Theatrical Guild a grant of £55,000 in support of our beneficiary programme for Backstage and Front of House staff. We would like to thank everyone at A4O for their fundraising achievements in 2021 and for their ongoing generosity to their Member Charities.

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Congratulations to our dear friend and generous TTG donor – Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen has been recognised at the WhatsOnStage Awards for his fundraising efforts on behalf of UK theatres, arts organisations and charities. The 82-year-old actor was presented with the Services to Theatre Award in celebration of his long career, which has seen him star in countless productions, including a return to the stage last…

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Welcome to Amanda Parker, our new General Manager

We are delighted to welcome Amanda as our new General Manager from November 2021. Amanda will be responsible for not only the smooth running of the Guild but also working with our beneficiaries. She has a background in performance, theatre management and the charity sector, with a clear understanding of the unique challenges faced by…

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The Good Exchange fundraising target has been reached

We are delighted to share the good news that we have managed to reach our ambitious target of raising £100,000. Over 400 donations were made using the fundraising platform The Good Exchange and we ultimately achieved a closing total of £101,300. This is an incredible achievement which would not have been possible without your generosity, encouragement…

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Golda Rosheuvel joins The Theatrical Guild as an Ambassador

We are incredibly excited to announce that Golda Rosheuvel has joined the Theatrical Guild as an Ambassador. Golda is a Guyanese-British actress and singer, who has worked extensively in Theatre, film and television.  Her most notable credits include The American Clock, A Christmas Carol (The Old Vic), Porgy and Bess (Regents Park Theatre), Mercutio in Romeo…

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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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