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Openwide Coastal receives lifeline from Arts Council England Culture Recovery Fund

12th October 2020 3:53 pm

Openwide Coastal and the Cromer pier Show has received a lifeline from the Arts Council England Culture Recovery Fund, read more…

Openwide Coastal Ltd, proud custodians and operators of Cromer Pier and Pavilion Theatre on behalf of North Norfolk District Council and the producers of the world famous Cromer Pier Show for the last 19 years, are delighted with the news from Arts Council England that they have been awarded a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund.

With reduced audience capacities and government restrictions during the pandemic, it has been impossible to stage the usual Cromer Summer and Christmas shows this year. This grant will help the theatre survive and re-open next summer.

Rory Holburn, Director at Openwide Coastal commented, “This has been an extremely difficult time for us but this grant will help by covering some of the losses we have already incurred and will incur from being closed this year. It also assists in ensuring the team we still have on payroll can now remain in place to enable us to re-open next summer without losing any of their knowledge and expertise that help make the show such a renowned success.”

“The Pier and Pavilion Theatre are also cornerstones of the local Tourism economy so we are delighted that we will be able to also help provide a much needed boost next spring as all  businesses attempt to recover from the damage the pandemic has done.”

Rory concluded, “This really will help the Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre survive the next 6 months and assist as we try to re-build the business over the next few years with our partners at NNDC. We would really like to thank both the department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the Arts Council for making this money available and recognising the importance of this national treasure to the cultural landscape.”

Openwide Coastal is looking forward to keeping the spirit of entertainment alive in the local community and it is wonderful to see the only full season end of pier variety show in the world will be back with us next year, pandemic allowing

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