Worthing’s theatres leave council control
Worthing’s theatres, museum and art gallery have today transferred from the local authority to an independent charity.
The new charity, Worthing Theatres, Museum and Art Gallery (WTM), is headed by chief executive Amanda O’Reilly, formerly head of culture for Worthing Borough Council. The co9uncil approved the hand over earlier this year, and WTM was the only bidder ion the tenders process.
“As an independent charity, we are now able to increase external funding, develop our programme and expand our creative work with the communities of Worthing” she said. “These are exciting times for Worthing Theatres and Museum as we redefine what a regional multi-arts and heritage organisation can be.”
Amanda O'Reilly in the Pavilion Theatre
As well as its museum and art gallery, Worthing has the 850-seat Pavilion Theatre (main image), often home to touring circuses; the Assembly Rooms, home to Worthing Symphony Orchestra; the 500-seat Connaught Theatre; and the Connaught Studio.