Invitation to join the conversation around the future of arts in Winchester!

June 4, 2020

Play to the Crowd, the arts and education charity behind Theatre Royal Winchester, Hat Fair and Playmakers, is calling on the Winchester community to join in the conversation as to what the arts in Winchester could, and should, look like in the future.

Deryck Newland, Chief Executive of Play to the Crowd, comments “Everyone deserves the right to escape from the ordinary and be delighted and united by the power of live performance and participation. Organisations like ours aren’t going to come out the other side of this crisis the same as they were before. As a charity we need to think about what matters most to our communities. It’s not right that we make that decision by ourselves – we need the public’s help. We need to hear what matters most to you and your community and how the arts can best help. What are your top priorities and how can we better deliver the human right, and I believe it is a fundamental right, for everyone to access arts and culture, regardless of their means or circumstance. How are we going to come out the other side of this pandemic and be even better able to deliver to that charitable mission in Winchester and the surrounding area?”

Consultations will take place throughout June. For those interested in joining the conversation please email [email protected] Theatre Royal Winchester and its Cafe Bar are temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is having a significant financial impact on the charity and its mission to delight and unite through the power of live performance. The public can support the charity at this time by becoming Members of Play to the Crowd, making a donation or by purchasing for future productions at Theatre Royal Winchester. For further information visit