The Y Theatre is Leicester’s oldest surviving theatre and they need your help.

The theatre closed its doors in March and is now facing the challenges shared across the arts sector. However, The Y is also uniquely entwined with the welfare of over 100 homeless young people across Leicester. With no grant or government funding and no income since March, they’re asking for support from the Leicester community to make sure that the Victorian theatre, which is at high risk of being lost, can remain open to the public.

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The Y Theatre was built in 1900 as part of the local YMCA, which it still is today. The charity houses 102 young people who have experienced family breakdown, mental health issues or abuse. While the theatre has closed in response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the charity has made a momentous effort to increase the vital support to our residents, as they do not have their families around them.

They’re now seeking donations to secure the future of the theatre, which is at real risk.

Donation’s include naming a theatre seat or a stair on the balcony. You can also purchase a Y Theatre t-shirt from Leicester Merch Aid with profits all going to the theatre’s fundraising fund.

To find out more and to donate visit the Y Theatre website.

To purchase a ‘Support Local Theatre’ Y Theatre t-shirt visit the Leicester Merch Aid website.