Newly refurbished Kiln Theatre names lobby after generous funder

A Kilburn theatre has officially reopened after a grand refurbishment and named one of the lobbies after a funder who granted £100,000 towards the works.

The Kiln Theatre has recently undergone a major capital refurbishment to which City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable arm, awarded £100k for access works to enable more people to enjoy the theatre.

The theatre is renowned for showcasing innovative, high quality, British and international work that reflects North West London’s diverse ethnic communities.

The Trust has also been a funder of the theatre’s pioneering community programmes in the past.

It runs a range of creative learning projects for school children and disadvantaged young people in Brent, and offers ticket discounts to attract non-traditional and low-income audiences to the venue.

The Theatre officially re-opened yesterday evening. Alison Gowman, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, who was at the reopening, commented:

“The theatre has done a fantastic job with the refurbishment. We were pleased to be able to help make the theatre become more accessible, something extremely important to us and of course to Londoners.

“The Kiln Theatre regularly attracts ethnically diverse and young audiences, and the access works will improve the experiences of older and disabled audiences, performers and staff, enabling even more people to enjoy what’s on offer.

“City Bridge Trust is committed to making London a fairer place to work and live.”

City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of the City of London Corporation’s charity, Bridge House Estates. It is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital.

The Trust has awarded around 7,900 grants totalling over £380 million since it first began in 1995. It helps achieve the City Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.


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About the City of London Corporation:

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. 

About City Bridge Trust

City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of Bridge House Estates, a Registered Charity, with its primary aim the maintenance and support of five Thames bridges: Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Southwark, Blackfriars and the Millennium footbridge.

City Bridge Trust was established in 1995 to make use of funds surplus to bridge requirements and provides grants totalling around £20m per year towards charitable activity benefitting Greater London. The City of London Corporation i