Worthing’s theatres and museum to cut free from council
Worthing’s three theatres and museum, currently owned by Worthing Borough Council, are to go it alone.
The local authority has confirmed that the Pavilion Theatre (pictured), Connaught Theatre, Assembly Hall and Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, are to be run by an independent charitable trust.
The decision comes at the end of a five year development programme in which incomes have grown, footfall has increased and there have been profits on most productions.
Amanda O’Reilly, Head of Culture reflected on the monumental transformation stating: “This journey has reaffirmed our direction of travel and our mission is clearer than ever; we will continue with bold programming and curation, transform our cultural landscape and above all take our community with us” said Worthing’s head of culture Amanda O’Reilly.
The new trust, with a board appointed in February and now ratified by the council, is chaired by local businessman Peter Cadwallader. “I now look forward to bringing together the board and working with the team in the coming months to bring this long-held plan to life” he said.