As many of you know, due to Tier 3 restrictions, we have had to take the necessary step and temporarily close the Rose once again in December, in order to help stop the spread of Covid-19. This has meant cancelling the remaining live performances of our Christmas show, Stick Man at what is usually our busiest time of the year, and cancelling other one-night shows.
We are hugely grateful to everyone who has supported the Rose through the #RoseEndures campaign so far, and also to the Culture Recovery Fund, Arts Council England and DCMS. This ongoing support is crucial to safeguarding a future for the Rose.
Without the continuous support we have received from our loyal supporters and audiences, alongside our key stakeholders — the Royal Borough of Kingston and Kingston University — the Rose would not have survived up to this point.
However, with the new restrictions now in place, the pandemic continues to financially impact the Rose, as ticket sales make up the majority of our earned income. A third shutdown is a hard blow for the theatre industry, and our venue, our team and the many creative practitioners who delight our audiences are deeply affected.
If you are in a position to support the Rose financially at the moment, we would be enormously grateful. The #RoseEndures campaign will continue to run for as long as our operations are affected by the pandemic, and vital support from our donors helps us to plan confidently for what lies ahead. Donors have committed over 1,300 gifts to the campaign so far — and we are now aiming to secure over 2,000 gifts.
We are a community arts hub and in these unprecedented times, we must make sure that the #RoseEndures