More than £100 million has been awarded to 925 cultural organisations across the country including Hall for Cornwall in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today (Nov 19).

Hall for Cornwall (HFC) in Truro has been awarded a grant of £85k to cover bringing on new staff and other running costs as it prepares to fully reopen its new building in December.

The Hall has undergone a multi-million pound rebuild over the last three years and reopened with a sell-out premiere of Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical in October. It is currently closed through November while the finishing touches are put to the venue and will reopen fully in December for the start of its Christmas show, Cinderella.

The third round of the Culture Recovery Fund will support organisations from all corners of the sector as they deal with ongoing reopening challenges, ensuring they can thrive in better times ahead.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries added: “Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from.

“Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.”

Hall for Cornwall co-chair, Chris Pomfret, said: “The Culture Recovery Fund has been a lifeline through the pandemic for so many cultural organisations and we’re very grateful for this award which will help us as we prepare to fully reopen our building.

“Although we staged the hugely successful production of Fisherman’s Friends The Musical just a few weeks ago, we have been closed throughout November to complete and finish all areas of our magnificent theatre.

“This award will help us offset some of our costs while we remain closed in November. We look forward to welcoming audiences back for Cinderella in December, which is the second show after Fisherman’s Friends that has been co-produced by our in-house Cornwall Playhouse productions team.”