Better year for Castle theatre in Wellingborough

Castle theatre bosses have reported a rise in ticket sales and revenue, but are working on plans to protect themselves from funding cuts

Castle theatre bosses have reported a rise in ticket sales and revenue, but are working on plans to protect themselves from funding cuts

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Theatre bosses have reported a rise in ticket sales and revenue, but are working on plans to protect themselves from funding cuts.

A report on The Castle’s performance has been discussed by Wellingborough Council’s services committee.

The Castle (Wellingborough) Ltd, which has a contract with the council to run the theatre, says while 2013-2014 was a difficult year from a financial perspective, revenues were up by £77,000 compared to 2012-2013.

The catering side of the business and targets for fundraising and development were not as good as hoped, but there has been significant improvement in these areas in 2014-2015 so far.

Other positives include attendances being up and an increase in the percentage of customers who were first time visitors.

In a report by theatre director Darren Walter, he said: “We have been informed our revenue grant from Wellingborough Borough Council is being reduced by a further 15 per cent next year (in addition to the 15 per cent cut this year).

“We will be presenting a proposal to Wellingborough Council in the coming weeks that will outline our thoughts on how to ensure The Castle can continue to be a sustainable, thriving facility for the local and regional community in light of this.”