Charitable Status

Charity no. 104605

The Grand Opera House Trust is established to promote, maintain, improve and advance the education of the public of Northern Ireland in the arts (including the art of drama, operatic arts, other performing arts and the visual arts) at the Grand Opera House, Belfast. The direct benefits which flow from the purpose include: • The education of audiences through high quality theatrical performances and education and outreach programmes involving schools, community groups and individuals, including workshops, professional classes, talks/seminars and demonstrations. • The enrichment of lives through increased awareness, improved knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the arts across a wide range of genres. • The development of new skills (creativity, performance and technical skills) and personal development e.g. via participation in our outreach programmes e.g. the Summer Youth Project. • Enhanced accessibility to the arts for people from disadvantaged areas and requiring assistance to attend the theatre. These benefits are evidenced through the number of people, including school groups, attending performances and education and outreach events/workshops at the theatre, feedback from audiences and participants, the broad nature of the programme, the delivery of touring productions to Northern Ireland at accessible costs, support for local artists and amateur production companies and media acclaim in respect of the quality of the programme. There is no harm arising from our purpose. The benefit is for the general public of Northern Ireland. To advance the education of the public of Northern Ireland in the Arts, the Grand Opera House aims to deliver a varied programme, with a mix of the arts, and to deliver the highest quality artistic productions in an accessible way to the widest possible audience. The presenting actors/musicians may benefit from exposure to a wider audience, which may result in enhancing their reputation, however this is incidental to the achievement of the purpose. Trustees attend performances to enhance their understanding of the programme and operation of the charity. The provision of tickets to Trustees is incidental and contributes towards achieving the charity’s purpose via informed decision making and effective governance.

 

The Grand Opera House Trust presents an outstanding and varied programme of arts, including musicals, ballet, opera, drama, comedy, dance, family shows and pantomime. We support local amateur and professional production companies as well as striving to attract world class theatrical productions to our renowned stage in Belfast and deliver the highest quality artistic productions in an accessible way to the public of Northern Ireland. Careful consideration is given to the accessibility of the theatre to ensure that it is accessible for all, including those from disadvantaged areas and those requiring assistance to attend the theatre. We have an “Access for All Scheme” which includes assisted and relaxed performances and provide circa 3,000 complimentary companion seats to those who require essential assistance to encourage customers with a disability to attend the theatre. In addition to the education of audiences through high quality theatrical performances Grand Opera House Trust provides education and outreach programmes involving schools, community groups and individuals, including workshops, professional classes, talks/seminars and demonstrations. Through its education and outreach programmes the Trust extends the range and reach of its work, often working with disadvantaged communities, and nurtures new talent and skills via participation in our outreach programmes e.g. the Summer Youth Project. The Grand Opera House is an historic listed building. The historic nature of the 1895 Frank Matcham theatre plays an important role in the educational aspect of our work via the promotion of the history and heritage of the theatre and its important role in the life of the city.

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