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'Cultural food bank' offers free access to theatre shows

Words by Abi Scaife

A ‘Ticket Bank’ will be offering free access to London theatre shows this winter, to support those who would otherwise not afford it.

Where can I sign up?

Hold your horses! What's so amazing about this scheme is that these tickets are being offered in a cultural version of a food bank.

For those who cannot afford enriching cultural activities like going to the theatre, unsold tickets will be donated, with thousands going up each week.

Tell me more.

Based in London, companies like the Barbican, the National Theatre and the Roundhouse have signed up to donate their unsold tickets to those who would not otherwise be able to attend, with more signing up in the New Year.

How do we get access?

The Ticket Bank, which you can access online, is also partnering with groups like The Trussell Trust and Centrepoint to help get these tickets to the people who need them most.

The Ticket Bank was the brainchild of Chris Sonnex, the artistic director of Cardboard Citizens, who struggled to access theatre as a child.

Caroline McCormick, the chair of the Cultural Philanthropy Foundation who helped to set up The Ticket Bank, is also ‘in talks’ with cinemas to set up something similar.

This article aligns with the UN SDG No Poverty and Partnerships for the Goals.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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