The beautiful Merlin Theatre in Nether Edge is due to reopen next year, thanks to a major grant from the Education Funding Agency and additional support from The Garfield Weston Foundation and The Foyle Foundation.
The landmark theatre sadly had to close in 2011 due to weather and flood damage. Before that time Freeman College had continued the lively tradition of the Merlin being a thriving community theatre and music space, and a national centre for performing art with young people with special educational needs.
Scheduled to open its doors to the public from next September, the refurbished theatre will be a focus for diverse and mixed ability arts from around the world, adding a wealth of new opportunities for the city and regional audiences. The theatre is also here for drama, dance and music groups to use for their own performance, fairs and celebrations, and be a showcase for Freeman College’s leading theatre, music and arts work. £900,000 of the £1.1 million needed has now been raised, remaining funding to complete the building is now in progress. This includes a crowd funding campaign to ensure that anyone with a passion for local theatre, heritage and music can have the opportunity to be part of this much loved Sheffield gem.
The crowd funding campaign is planned to be open from November this year. If you’d like to know more please contact Andi Stamp, Freeman College’s fundraiser firstname.lastname@example.org