Theatre faces race against time to drum up vital funding
ONE of Macclesfield’s best-loved theatres faces closure if it can’t drum up vital funds to ensure its survival.
Clonter Opera theatre is in jeopardy due to funding problems, with enough money available only to keep it going until the end of March next year
The multi-platform arts venue, which was founded 40 years ago, is currently funded by sponsorship, donations, grants and ticket sales.
But after cuts, it now faces a desperate race against time to raise £150,000 so that it can keep running throughout 2015.
Isabella Lockett, Clonter’s marketing manager and the daughter of the theatre’s founder, Jeffrey Lockett,
. said: “In spite of more than 1,000 newcomers visiting the venue this year and hosting our most diverse programme to date, this has not been enough to replenish our dwindling financial reserves.
“We have six months to turn this around and we can do it.
“We need to get this money as quickly a possible to make sure that we can continue. £60,000 will keep the theatre open for the whole year in 2015, but £150,000 will ensure that we have a full programme of events.”
After inauspicious origins as a barn at Swettenham Heath converted for a night to host an opera concert, in the last four decades Clonter has become a resource that hosts a number of community events.
Isabella said: “We are calling upon any philanthropists or local firms out there who would like to donate, and to existing supporters to ‘spread the word’.
“We still have the capacity to raise an extra £50,000 from ticket sales alone if we can fill the theatre for all remaining events. It is not too late to save this ‘hidden gem’.”
If you’d like to donate or get involved, email developmetnt@ clonteropera.com or call the box office on 01260 224 514.
» Clonter Opera founder Jeffery Lockett ● at the uditorium in 1984 a