Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Gains Trust Management Status
A significant financial chapter in the operation of the Marlowe Theatre has been delivered, with city council authorities handing over management of the site to an independent charitable trust.
The new operating group is to be chaired by Jonathan Church, and operated under the direction of freshly-appointed chief executive, Deborah Shaw.
According to the group, there are a number of advantages to running the site as a trust, including saving the council money in terms of day-to-day running costs and the cost of the building’s upkeep. Trust status also allows it to use its charitable status to attract tax breaks, gift aid, donations, charitable grant funding and legacies. The move also gives the theatre’s management increased artistic and creative freedom, and allows increased opportunity to be dynamic and entrepreneurial.
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