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Belarus Free Theatre urgently needs funds to survive, says founder

The founder of the Belarus Free Theatre has warned the company urgently needs significant funding to survive beyond the next three months.

 Natalia Koliada, the company's artistic director, also revealed on Twitter that fundraising was still not complete for their Belarusian-language production of King Lear, due to be performed in May as part of theWorld Shakespeare festival's Globe to Globe season.

 She tweeted yesterday, "We start rehearsals of King Lear at the Old Vic Tunnels tomorrow. Still need to fundraise £12,000 to make the performance. Wait to see all!"

 According to the Independent, the organisation needs £200,000 a year to cover its running costs, with individual shows funded through additional donations. Koliada told the Independent, "We need global funds by the middle of June or … the Belarus Free Theatre may stop."


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