Since the launch 4 weeks ago the Theatre Support Fund+ project has reached its first Milestone by raising £125,000 for charity.
They have received over 7,500 orders and have shipped to 42 countries across the globe. The orders are being packed daily by a team of volunteers from within the West End theatre community.
The proceeds from the project will be split between Acting for Others, the Fleabag Support Fund who are providing financial aid to people working in the theatre industry who are experiencing hardship as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic, as well as the NHS COVID-19 Urgent Appeal.
As we start to loosen the lockdown measures across the UK today it is important to remember that the Theatre Industry will likely be one of the later sectors to resume so continuing with the fund-raising is as important as ever.
The T-Shirts continue to be available via the website www.theatresupportfund.co.uk priced at £16.50 each inc. VAT.
The project has been established and is being run by 2 friends, Chris Marcus and Damien Stanton. Chris jointly runs ‘MarcusHall Props’ a Props Supervising and prop making company which works on many shows in the West End. Damien works both as an Assistant Stage Manager and a freelance Graphic Designer.
The Theatre Support Fund & ‘The Show Must Go On’ t-shirt have been created in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic which saw theatres across the UK being closed and caused disruption to the lives of thousands of people working in the theatre industry.
The shirt design is an amalgamation of the world famous branding of 16 of the biggest musicals in the West End. We created a unique item with all of these shows side by side, in unity, longing for a time when ’the show can go on’ again.
The shows taking part in the project are: Tina, The Tina Turner Musical, Dear Evan Hansen, Everyone’s Talking about Jamie, Six The Musical, Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Matilda The Musical, & Juliet, Les Miserables, The Prince of Egypt, The Lion King, Come From Away, The Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia!