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3 June 2010
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Kenneth Branagh supports Lyric's final fundraising push
The Lyric Theatre has to raise Â£150,000 within the next four weeks in order to secure a Â£500,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation in Michigan, USA. It will be a nail-biting finish to a long-running capital campaign, launched in 2003, to raise the funds to build a new state-of-the-art producing theatre for the people of Belfast and Northern Ireland. The Lyric is appealing for help from the public and the business community to help get the project over the line by the challenge deadline of 30 June.
Belfast-born actor, writer and director, Kenneth Branagh, first made his mark on local audiences in the 1980s with his powerful portrayal of the title role in Graham Reid's Billy Plays. Branagh, who plays the title role in the popular BBC detective series Wallander, has offered his personal support to the Lyric at this critical stage in the campaign, "There is an enormous wealth of creative talent in Northern Ireland, and I have worked with many great actors, directors and writers throughout my career who learned their craft at the Lyric. Young artists need the creative and spiritual home which the Lyric provides - a crucible in which they can experiment, innovate, take risks, and push boundaries. And for audiences, nothing can beat the thrill of great live theatre. I hope that everyone gives the Lyric the support that it truly deserves, and I look forward to seeing the new theatre stand tall in Belfast's new skyline."
Hundreds of people from all walks of life have already made donations to help build the new theatre, and individual donations have ranged from ten pounds to one million pounds. The Lyric's 'Name a Seat' campaign has proved particularly popular, with 200 seats already named by donors in the main auditorium of the new theatre.
Commenting on the scale of the fundraising challenge, the Lyric's Development Director, Angela McCloskey, said: "The Lyric has had a particularly high mountain to climb in terms of the percentage of private funding we have had to raise. Backstage working conditions at the old Lyric were described as the worst in the UK; shows had to be cancelled due to flooding; front of house facilities were cramped and run-down, with poor disability access; and we couldn't accommodate the huge demand for training and workshops. These are just some of the reasons why we have left no stone unturned in our quest to raise the funds to build a new state-of-the-art producing theatre, of the type and quality that is long overdue in Belfast and Northern Ireland. With the continued support of the public and business community, we are confident that we can reach our target and continue the great tradition of the Lyric within our community."
For full details of ways to help the Lyric reach its target, check out the campaign website HTTP://www.supportthelyric.com or phone 028 9038 5679.
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