A POPULAR theatre has launched a fundraising campaign to help it survive the Covid-19 pandemic, which it said could have a “catastrophic” impact.

The Watermill Theatre and Restaurant in Bagnor has temporarily closed its doors and cancelled all performances, events and outreach and education activities until further notice.

However, it said the impact for the registered charity is “potentially catastrophic”, because it can no longer generate income through ticket and restaurant sales.

It has therefore launched a fundraising campaign called Act Now, to help us Act Tomorrow, and is inviting the community to support the theatre by making a donation and prevent it from having to close.

Paul Hart, artistic and executive director, said: “We usually turn to theatre to lift our spirits, particularly in times of adversity, so it is with a heavy heart that we are forced to close our doors and accept that The Watermill is unable to provide a sanctuary for its community at this moment in time.

“I am therefore appealing to you now, to do something amazing by making a donation to support The Watermill Theatre. These are turbulent times for us all, but we are determined to get through this and with you behind us, we are confident that we can survive and recover.”

He added: “We hope that one day soon, we will open our doors to the public again, and together, we will enjoy the wonder of theatre.”

Those who have already booked tickets for future performances are being contacted by the box office.

The theatre is thanking those who have already donated the value of their ticket to the appeal.

To donate to the theatre, visit watermill.org.uk.