Response to the Coronavirus Crisis
Upstairs at the Gatehouse has suspended all performances. We will continue to review the situation and hopefully re-open in November.
All shows which were scheduled to run after 17th March have been cancelled or moved to a future date. Ticket refunds have now been completed and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who contributed the value of their tickets to help the theatre survive these difficult times. If anyone would like to donate further to our recovery fund, please drop us an email at email@example.com
Thank you for your continued support of Upstairs at the Gatehouse.
John, Katie and Annlouise
Box Office: 020 8340 3488 | Administration: 020 8340 4256
Upstairs at the Gatehouse – A View From The Stage
Our stage is very bare at the moment, devoid of actors, scenery, lighting props and most importantly… words and music. The dreaded virus has hit all theatres very badly including our lovely Gatehouse which we created almost 23 years ago. As we moved in to renovate the derelict space on 1st September 1997 we had, I’m sure, never come across the word Covid and although we wondered at the time how successful our venture might become, we never envisaged it would close because of a virus. But sadly since 16th March, closed we have been. At the time of writing (September 9th) the Government have allowed theatres to open and stage indoor performances. We have been issued with a set of guidelines to make the building “Covid safe” which is a huge challenge in terms of time and cost.
Many of you will remember the headline grabbing news that the Government was to provide a £1.57billion rescue package for the Arts. That news was broadcast on 2nd July, details of how we could apply for the money was released on 30th July. Upstairs at The Gatehouse has applied for a grant from this Cultural Recovery Fund and the results of the application will not be known until the end of September and the money not handed out until October.
We will keep writing to Oliver Dowden and the DCMS to remind them not to forget the small theatres. We would like to thank everybody for all the support we have received in the past few months. Our website will keep you up to date, hopefully we shall return with drama, song and dance in November.
24th September 2020