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Project information

Musical Theatre

Theatre Royal Stratford East is a cultural flagship in East London delivering exciting & diverse work that reflect the experiences of our community; and discover & develop new talent and audiences. We have a history of producing stunning musical theatre: fun, heartfelt works often touring nationally


Charity information: Theatre Royal Stratford East

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  • Need


    Box office income and funding from our partners - Arts Council England, London Borough of Newham and London Councils - covers only 82% of our costs, so every year we need to raise an additional £370,000.
    Please will you consider supporting our inspirational talent development programme for those individuals who would not otherwise get the opportunity to have their voices heard. There is no donation too small to not be important to keep our natioanl theatre heritage alive.


    With your support we will be able to decrease the funding gap and keep producing award winnign work which connects with a UK-wide community.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Produce new work which draws from and reflects the talent


    » Work in innovative ways to be at the forefront of the arts industry

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    All of our productions will be new shows arising from new conversations with our community.

    Aim 2

    Produce work which puts on stage the concerns and dreams of its local communities


    » We will use Joan littlewood's Continuous Loop of listeneing and working with the Community.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    We will have new members of the community included in our conversations

    Aim 3

    Entertain and educate by remaining true to the social and educational values of Theatre Workshop


    » Our Young People's Work department will connect with young people in a variety of projects.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    More young people will become involved in oru projects and prevent increased gang crime.

    Aim 4

    Open channels to participation in theatre and make theatre more inclusive


    » We will keep ticket prices low and hold Pay What You Can nights to ensure all sectors of our community can come and enjoy performances.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    We will increase the number of visitors who attend the Theatre from the immediate area.

    Aim 5

    Lead in the development of shows which reflect both specific ethnic identity and multiculturalism


    » We will empower ethnic minorities to visit the Theatre and we will provide training for those BAME individuals who wish to enter the arts industry.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    Our productions will employ BAME indiviudals and relate to the different ethnicites that live in our area

  • Impact


    Your support will ensure we can plan for the future and invest in our national arts heritage.


    The risks which could affect this project are all contained within the Company's Risk Assessment.


    We keep in close contact with all our donors. We invite our donors to special events in Stratford and in central London. We also send newsletters out to our donors three times a year giving special insights into the production side of Theatre.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 A brand new musical The cost of production including actors, musicians, writers, producers etc. And all new talent
  • Background


    TRSE is based in Newham, which is the 2nd most deprived borough in London and the 3rd most deprived borough in the UK. In Newham adults die 7 years earlier than those in Westminster and one third of adults in Newham have never worked. Newham has the lowest arts participation rate in the UK of 27%.


    Those individuals who want to create and have their voices heard but are struggling to find their way into an arts industry that has traditionally been closed off to them. There are many reasons behind this, including financial difficulties, self-esteem, cultural backgrounds to name but a few.

    Our audiences will also benefit and grow, with tickets prices kept affordable to ensure our local community and the UK-wide community can enjoy brand new work from the UK's emerging talent pool.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our vision is to break new ground with musicals that bring contemporary and urban music into the mainstream of British theatre. The aim is to revitalise the musical form, to create work that is relevant to and informed by today’s Britain and attract new and diverse audiences. No other theatre has a 50 year history of successfully building relationships and creating work with a hugely varied and changing community such as Newham.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kerry Michael

    Artistic Director

    Mary Caws

    Executive Director

Five Guys Named Moe

Five Guys Named Moe

Its success at developing culturally diverse work and talent, and at engaging with local audiences representative of one of the youngest

Arts Council