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New Theatre Membership scheme has been launched by St Helens Theatre Royal

HEADS up! St Helens Theatre Royal has launched a brand new Theatre membership scheme during the Coronavirus Pandemic, to appeal to its loyal patrons to support the venue to remain open through these difficult times. In return, members of the:- 'St Helens Royal Family Membership' will receive a whole host of exclusive benefits when attending the Theatre.

The scheme is an annual membership, if you join in 2020, then the membership is valid until the end of December 2021.

The membership includes…

► Special discounts available on Regal Entertainments Family shows throughout the year.

► Priority booking periods on selected shows.

► Free Programme for a Regal Production when attending twice a year.

► 10% off drinks and confectionery.

► Free ticket exchange.

► Season Brochures sent direct to your home.

► Discounted tickets on other productions around the Region.

► Your name mentioned in the Pantomime programme.

► Exclusive local restaurant/business offers.

► A membership card and pack

Like most Theatres across the UK, St Helens Theatre Royal was forced to close its doors and curtains over 100 days ago, with no performances taking place and resulting in no income coming into the venue, sales for forthcoming shows reduced by 95%, leaving the venue in a critical situation to continue paying bills out of reserves. The support of its loyal attenders is paramount in helping the venue fight to survive during these dark months.

St Helens Theatre Royal is run by Regal Entertainments' Chantelle Nolan and Jane Joseph and they currently received no funding from any government bodies.

St Helens Theatre Royal manager, Chantelle Nolan said:- "These are very difficult times not only for St Helens Theatre Royal but for the industry as a whole. We have always talked about launching a membership scheme for the Theatre as now is the perfect time. We hope that by our loyal attendees supporting their venue and allow us to stay open, we will reward our Royal Family members with some great benefits, not only at the Theatre but also across the Region. We will be back; we will be back stronger than before; we don't yet know when that will be. We will continually monitor the situation regarding Coronavirus and follow the advice and guidelines from the Government's experts and public health agencies. The health of our audiences, staff and performers is our top priority. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Theatre when we are able."

Become a Royal Family Member now by visiting:- StHelensTheatreRoyal.Com/Membership.

Cost:-  ₤35 per year (launch offer, membership valid until end of December 2021) 1 off payment.

What ways can you help and support St Helens Theatre Royal?

► Buy a Theatre membership.

► Buy gift vouchers.

► Look ahead and book for future performances.

► If your production has been rescheduled, move your tickets rather than request a refund.

► Donate to the Theatre rather than refund on cancelled shows.

For more information, please visit:- StHelensTheatreRoyal.Com

Exclusive phone interview:- "More must be done to help save the UK's Circus Industry"

THIS interview was made the day before the fantastic news was made that the Circus can re-open in England, form the 11 July 2020. But we are still running this as lots of the other issues raised within it are still on going and it gives a fantastic insight in to the world of the Circuses. This interview was held over the phone, with Binky Beaumont, who is part of the Theatre Tours and Tour Programming for Exchange Events Ltd. If you do not know who they are, they are the firm behind Gandey World Class Productions, the UK’s largest Worldwide event production company, who are based in Cheshire. They also run from their North West base, a host of other Circus like:- The Chinese State Circus Worldwide, The Great Circus Of Europe Worldwide, Cirque Surreal Worldwide, The Ladyboys Of Bangkok UK, Spirit Of The Horse Worldwide and Spirit Of The Horse Worldwide, Ice shows and many other large scale productions. They even present and produce the 3 main 1200 seat summer:- "BIG TOP" circus productions running at all 3 Butlins resorts for the whole summer season.

To put this into context, Gandey World Class Productions are the UK's largest Worldwide event production company, employing hundreds of people across the globe with our productions. They also simultaneously operate across the globe along the side of several large units in the UK, in places like:- Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong, our company is second only in the world. In terms of the size and quality of our international productions, to Cirque du Soleil.

Sadly, COVID-19 has made this highly successful business to the blink, but we can reveal that since the interview, things are looking up again for them. The representative, Binky Beaumont said:- "We are so very pleased that Circus can re-open in England, from the 11 July 2020, and we are proud that we were able to be involved in this decision and wondered if you would like a follow up conversation with the UK’s largest circus production company? We had engaged with the government department the DCMS through the Association of Circus Proprietors and assisted with the technical and scientific information on airflow and prepared a pilot scheme with a Big Top to trial this airflow. The logistics supported by our colleagues at our productions currently being assembled at Bourne Leisure (Butlins) and the announcement that Circus can open with limited capacities and to certain new guidelines is a terrific result. We thank everyone for what has been done behind the scenes on behalf of Circus and events throughout this difficult time, including:- The Ministry of Culture, The DCMS, Members of Parliament, The Association of Circus Proprietors, Theatre and Outdoor Associations, Friends and Fans and of course, and most importantly, the whole Circus industry. We look to hope fully speaking with you as we open up the 3 large productions this summer at Butlins."

To hear the interview, please click on YouTube video above or on the audio only player below. You can also read the audio transcript by clicking on here, but please be aware that the Transcript is computer generated, so might not be fully accurate at times.

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