1st step, a sweet hello / 2nd step, my heart's aglow
3rd step, we had a date / 4th step, we stayed up late

The fight to save the Theatre Museum in Covent Garden continues into its second phase.

The Theatre Museum in Covent GardenAccording to the V&A, things are basically “done and dusted”. Go here for their official notice of the changes: www​.vam​.ac​.uk/​v​a​s​t​a​t​i​c​/​t​h​e​a​t​r​e​/​c​h​a​n​g​e​s​.​h​tml and here for the collection’s details in general: www​.vam​.ac​.uk/​v​a​s​t​a​t​i​c​/​t​h​e​a​t​re/.

However, the society which is attempting to protect the valuable historical collection and performance space are bound and determined to beat the V&A at their own game and are looking for words of support from people about financials. They ask that you download and print: this pledge form and then pop it into the post stating your ability to provide funds for the immediate needs of the place.

Guardians of the THEATRE MUSEUM

Phase Two — are you still with us?

We need pledges for £600,000 a year to keep an independent Theatre Museum
please visit our website NOW: www​.theatremuseumguardians​.org​.uk

Dear Guardian

Thank you for adding your name to the 13,000 Guardians of the Theatre Museum who made such a quick and passionate response to our protest against the closure of the Theatreland site. You may think the battle is lost. NO, we are still fighting, and now we need more than your voice — we need a pledge of your money, however small. You can make your pledge on our website, whose address is above, or by post using the form at the end of this message. PLEASE DON’T SEND ANY MONEY YET. THE PLEDGE IS ENOUGH.

The Museum's paintings gallery arranged in its theatre stylePhase Two of our campaign is based on the fact that we have no money for professional fundraising and have to improvise around the very limited resources we do have — and the limited time. At the same time as seeking your pledges (from £20 to £20,000 — whatever you can afford) for the £600,000 annual contribution which the Guardians will be offering to the Theatre Museum’s running costs (the amount the Royal Opera House would have put into the failed rescue plan), we shall try to find larger, philanthropic donors who might fund the capital sums that would be needed to make the scheme really work. Do contact us if you know one!

The V&A made great play with the misleading idea that ‘the luvvies won’t pay’. Apart from the fact that this is like asking archaeologists to fund the British Museum, in fact nobody asked the ‘luvvies’. Now we’ve been asked — and the pledges are rolling in. We look forward to receiving yours, large or small.

Please accept our sincere apologies if this message comes to you in error, or if you have already pledged.

Ian Herbert, John Levitt — Co-​Convenors
ian[at]herbertknott[dot]com (020 8737 8489)
johnjlevitt[at]blueyonder[dot]co[dot]uk (020 7916 9239)

London’s Theatre Museum
Something Worth Saving

Pledge your support NOW!

Just visit our website and fill in the pledge form on line — or download and mail: this pledge form which is reproduced below:

Guardians of the THEATRE MUSEUM

To the Guardians of the Theatre Museum

Guild House, Upper St Martin’s Lane,

London, WC2H 9EG

(Send no money now)

I pledge the sum of £ .…. , to be paid in 2007 and again in 2008, to support the cost of an independent Theatre Museum in Covent Garden, run by your nominees in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum



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Guardians of the THEATRE MUSEUM

Convenors: Save London’s Theatres Campaign (President, Graeme Cruickshank; Chair John Levitt), The Society for Theatre Research (President, Timothy West CBE, Chairman Ian Herbert)
Council: Sir Alan Ayckbourn CBE, Ian Albery, Brenda Blethyn OBE, Yvonne Brewster OBE, Nica Burns, Simon Callow CBE, Michael Cashman MEP, Raquel Cassidy, Sir Patrick Cormack, PC MP, Dame Judi Dench CH, Sir Richard Eyre CBE, Viscount Falkland, The Earl of Glasgow DL, Gawn Grainger, Sir Peter Hall CBE, Sir David Hare, Thelma Holt CBE, Sir Derek Jacobi CBE, Sir Eddie Kulukundis, Kwame Kwei-​Armah, Joanna Lumley OBE, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Lady Macmillan, Peter O’Toole, Lynn Redgrave OBE, Vanessa Redgrave CBE, Luke Rittner, Lord Rix Kt CBE DL, Paul Scofield CH CBE, Sir Donald Sinden CBE, Jatinder Verma, Zoë Wanamaker CBE, Sir Arnold Wesker FRSL
Supporters: The Actors’ Centre, The Association of British Theatre Technicians, The Association of Lighting Designers, The Association of Personal Managers, BECTU, The British Music Hall Society, The British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild, The Critics’ Circle, The Drama Association of Wales , Equity, The International Association of Theatre Critics, The International Federation for Theatre Research, The International Society of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts, The Irving Society, The Mander and Mitchenson Theatre Collection, The Musicians’ Union, The National Campaign for the Arts, The Noël Coward Foundation, The Noël Coward Society, The Puppet Centre Trust, St Paul’s Covent Garden (The Actors’ Church), The Shaw Society, The Society of British Theatre Designers, The Society for Dance Research, The Society of London Theatre, The Stage Management Association, The Standing Conference of University Drama Departments, The Stephen Sondheim Society, The Theatres Trust, The Theatrical Management Association and the Vic-​Wells Association
Mood: determined
Music: Steve Lawrence, “Pretty Blue Eyes”
Book: Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation, (HarperCollins [Perennial], 2002)