A HISTORIC theatre has been awarded a £28,489 cash boost as part of a small grants programme.

The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond has received the money from Arts Council England, who support organisations to build fundraising capacity in the hope of attracting more private giving to arts and culture.

The fund allows venues to invest in systems, training and development for staff, volunteers and boards, or to cover the costs of external expertise to increase their fundraising.

The theatre is one of 46 successful applicants from all regions in the north to be awarded the money as part of the Catalyst Small Grants programme.

Clare Allen, chief executive at the theatre, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Arts Council England to receive this extremely welcome funding that will give us the extra capacity to attract even more supporters to this wonderful historic theatre.

“It acknowledges our position not only as an important performance venue but also as a leading heritage attraction, which has the distinction of being the UK’s oldest working theatre in its original form.

“This funding will enable us to really boost the profile of the theatre and strengthen our position on the cultural map both at regional and national levels.”

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in small to medium sized artistic and cultural organisations.

They support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.