A crowdfunding drama is being staged by the wizard of the big screen Sir Ian McKellen to secure the future of The Space performing arts theatre on the Isle of Dogs.
The Space was launched by the Theatres Trust to prevent hundreds of theatres shutting down, but now faces permanent closure itself because of the lockdown crisis.
So it is crowdfunding to secure its future support for creatives and theatre-makers while involving thousands of people across east London during the pandemic.
Its star patron Sir Ian, known more in another role as Wizard Gandalf in The Hobbit, has pledged support with an online Q and A for funding donors.
Artistic director Adam Hemming wants the public to buy “rewards for others” as sponsorships for theatre-makers.