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Dragon Interview: Joanna Read, Yvonne Arnaud’s CEO Tells Us What Has Been Going On

Published on: 12 Mar, 2021
Updated on: 13 Mar, 2021

It is a precarious time for all entertainment venues. Bills still have to be paid and buildings maintained, even though they are unable to make money from paying audiences.

But Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre’s director and chief executive Joanna Read is confident about the future as she tells Martin Giles in this interview what’s been going on and what there is to look forward to…

The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre has been given a one-off grant of £1,400 to buy specialist cleaning equipment for the building.

The grant, from the Theatres Trust Theatre Re Opening Fund, will buy two atomised liquid foggers to maintain high standards of decontamination and keep audiences, performers and staff safe when they return.

The Theatres Trust, their national advisory public body, works to protect and support theatres that meet the needs of their communities.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Theatres Trust has repurposed its small grants schemes to support theatres to be able to reopen viably and safely after several months’ closure.

Joanna Read, the Yvonne Arnaud’s director and chief executive, said: “We are extremely grateful to The Theatres Trust for their support. Having our own fogging equipment will contribute essentially to our safe reopening and full operational functioning following pandemic closure.”

The Yvonne Arnaud is a Grade II-listed, purpose-built theatre which presents more than 600 performances a year, a combination of received and home-produced productions.

Ms Read hopes to reopen in the summer with an eclectic and entertaining mix of live performance.

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