A THEATRE in the county is participating in a national initiative - backed by a Hollywood star - to save performance venues from closing after being hit hard by the pandemic.

Malvern Theatres is involved with a partnership between the Theatres Trust and Crowdfunder to raise funds to keep going.

Jude Law, actor and Theatres Trust ambassador is backing the campaign.

Mr Law said: “Growing up, I was fortunate to be taken to theatres regularly and this was where my love of acting first began.

"We are lucky to have so many amazing theatres.

"Communities across the UK are in real danger of losing their theatres forever and we risk losing a precious part of national culture and heritage."

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Theatres saw their main source of income disappear when they closed in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jon Morgan, director at Theatres Trust said: “Every day theatres are facing the tough decision to make staff redundant and to close their doors until next year. And there is a real risk that those closures could be permanent. Without urgent support, we could lose many of our nation’s amazing theatres. Please help us to make sure our theatres survive this crisis and will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.”

Rob Love, CEO of Crowdfunder said: ""Theatres and the arts industry have been hugely impacted over the last six months. We have waived all of our fees so all money raised will go direct to the theatres."

To donate to the campaign, visit: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/savemalverntheatres