Financially supporting our local theatre is vital. Our theatres are the artistic lifeblood of our Nation. From live production, engaging the best of British talent , the nurturing of local creatives and also to bringing community cohesion to our town centres. Our theatres do it all. Theatre really does matter! For me, without the Theatre Royal Stratford East, London as my local when I was training to be performer and a maker, I would not have the career or opportunity I have today. Please don't let our town centres become a wasteland of blank spaces and faces. My Theatre Matters ...it affords Britain the arts culture that makes it Great.