Launched in April 2012, the Theatres Protection Fund's Small Grants Scheme was established by The Theatres Trust to help protect theatres across the country that have significant value within their communities but are struggling with financial assistance. The Scheme allows any UK theatre to submit funding applications up to £5,000 to address any urgent or long-term capital needs to help improve their theatre's physical condition, accessibility and operational viability.
Craymer said, "I started my career working in theatre all over the UK. Theatres are very precious. This country has the richest heritage of theatre anywhere in the world and I genuinely feel we must protect that glorious history for future theatre-going audiences. Its my absolute pleasure to be able to donate this money to the Fund which I hope will encourage others to donate and, most importantly, keep audiences having great nights at theatres across the country."
Rob Dickins CBE, chairman of the Theatres Trust, added, "It is great news that Judy Craymer, one of Britain's top producers of musical theatre, is to play a significant role herself by supporting The Theatres Trust in helping theatres in need via our Theatres Protection Fund. Her extraordinary success with not only the theatrical phenomenon, Mamma Mia! but also the box office smash film: picks out Judy as a leading light in the entertainment world. Following The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation's inspiring start, Judy's matching donation, further illustrates that the most successful in the theatre world also care about the problems many theatres have to face on a daily basis."