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An Invitation (Click here for PDF version)

Thursday 23 September, Farnham Theatre Association invite you to hear how one man succeeded in bringing back a failing theatre from going dark. Hear how his plans are already ensuring this theatre's continued survival and development for the benefit of the community - even in the face of cuts to Arts budgets. The parallels with Farnham are clear so if you are interested in live theatre and want to see it restored here then don't miss: Chris Jaegar, Chief Executive from The Swan Theatre, Worcester
at St. Andrew's Church Pavilions, Farnham on Thursday 23 September, 6.0pm - 8.0pm
Chris Jaegar's experience and advice will be illuminating on so many issues including how he managed to change attitudes within local government, financing, the organisational team, the timescale and of course the variety of productions and successful activities that he now runs throughout the year.

Midsummer Night’s Feast of Entertainment...

Midsummer Night’s Feast of Entertainment...

Frensham Pond HotelWas a terrific night for all 100 attendees. Supper and drinks by the still lakeside on a beautiful midsummer evening, fantastic charity auction items with performers from London’s West End and the Royal ShakespeareMichael Simkins Company. Read Press Release.

Celebrity Mr. Michael Simkins, actor, writer, journalist and now Auctioneer!

Abigail McKern and John BarrowmanDesirable auction items were picked up by eager bidders - including tickets for West End shows and theatrical memorabilia signed by celebrities such as Lesley Garrett, John Barrowman, Graham Norton, and the I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue team and much, much more…

A Meeting with Jeremy Hunt, MP

Jeremy Hunt MPFTA’s meeting on 12 December 2009 with Jeremy Hunt MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport) was very positive. With Rebecca Ball, acting Director for Arts, South East Arts Council England (SEACE) we discussed how the expectations of the thousands of objectors to the demolition of the Redgrave could be met. Our MP suggested that as more Lottery money would return to the Arts once the Olympic Games were over, that FTA should apply for a grant of about £2.5 million towards the building of a new theatre, or possibly a smaller amount if the Redgrave was still available. This would represent half the money required with the remainder to be raised by FTA. We have since been advised at the MP’s request by Rebecca Ball of points to make when making the application.


A little care shows Redgrave's potential

Waverley Borough Council has recently demolished unwanted buildings surrounding the Redgrave and laid turf to tidy up the site. This new vista of the theatre demonstrates how attractive the area could be with the theatre fully restored and improved.
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