Curtain goes up on theatre support

Azets’ Partner Jon Noble, left, Business Services Director Dean Weale and Play to the Crowd Communications and Development Director Kirstie Mathieson celebrate Azets’ new corporate membership with the arts and education charity at Theatre Royal Winchester
Azets’ Partner Jon Noble, left, Business Services Director Dean Weale and Play to the Crowd Communications and Development Director Kirstie Mathieson celebrate Azets’ new corporate membership with the arts and education charity at Theatre Royal Winchester

Top 10 accountancy firm Azets has raised the curtain on corporate support of the charity behind Theatre Royal Winchester.

Azets has signed a year-long agreement to support arts and education charity Play to the Crowd, which runs the theatre, the outdoor arts festival Hat Fair, and Playmakers – a range of community programmes , including a vibrant youth theatre.

The theatre is a heart of the city landmark with a beautiful, refurbished Edwardian-style, 400-seat auditorium.

Dean Weale, Director at Azets’ Winchester office, said: “We are very much part of the community in Winchester and wanted to give something back to the city we serve.

“Play to the Crowd is such a fine charity which benefits so many people in the area that we felt a corporate membership would allow us to support its efforts throughout the coming year.

“By taking corporate membership we can also raise awareness of the excellent work which the charity does for so many people across the region.”

Azets will be attending networking events at the venue, have the company name acknowledged in brochures and on digital foyer screens and also appear in the Christmas pantomime programme.

Kirstie Mathieson, Play to the Crowd Communications and Development Director, said: “We are indebted to Azets for choosing us as their charity to support. We rely on grants and donations to supplement the income generated by our theatre and other activities.

“Such generous support is particularly welcome at a time when the creative sector is still recovering from the harsh realities of the pandemic and it will allow us to continue to unite people through live performance.

“Play to the Crowd’s corporate members are at the heart of our vision to provide a varied cultural offer for Winchester and Hampshire, contributing to the local economy and the wellbeing of local people.

Theatre Royal Winchester began life as the Market Hotel in 1850, was converted to a theatre in 1912, turned into a cinema in 1922, underwent many changes of ownership and survived a closure threat in the late 1970s, underwent a major refurbishment at the turn of the century and is now run by the charitable trust.

The newly-announced autumn season includes appearances by Ralph McTell, Al Murray, Sue Barker, Suggs, Sir Geoff Hurst, Mark Thomas, Vincent Simone and Milton Jones, as well as the Winchester Comedy Festival, Circus of Horrors and their traditional family pantomime The Wizard Of Oz.

Azets, the UK’s largest regional accountancy and specialist business advisor to SMEs, has its Winchester office at Athenia House in Andover Road, near the railway station.

 

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