LORD MICHAEL CASHMAN ANNOUNCED
AS OMNIBUS THEATRE’S NEWEST PATRON
Omnibus Theatre is delighted to announce Lord Michael Cashman, co-founder of Stonewall and leading LGBTQ+ equality rights advocate, as its newest patron. He joins as the sixth high-profile patron from across the arts and theatre community. The announcement comes on the eve of the theatre’s 96 Festival, London’s only queer arts event held under one roof, taking place from the 19th Feb to 31st March.
Lord Cashman comments: “I’ve had a long association with Clapham and what I find about Omnibus Theatre is that it’s an exciting and vibrant venue that not only embraces local audiences but also artists and creative communities. It reaches out from its history right the way to now and the future, to its celebration of diversity, inclusive programming and challenging theatre.”
He adds: “It’s important for us to remember also that it is also LGBTQ+ history month and therefore the work being done at Omnibus Theatre also connects up on a national level and it’s become a very important focal point for the South West and wider.”
Artistic Director Marie McCarthy comments: “I am so thrilled Michael has agreed to be our patron. His long association with Clapham, his brilliant advocacy work involving LGBTQ+ equality rights makes him a great asset to our organisation and addition to our brilliant line-up of patrons. We look forward to working with him.”
Lord Cashman joins fellow Omnibus Theatre’s patrons Dame Judi Dench, Sir Michael Gambon, The Old Vic’s Artistic Director Matthew Warchus, director Richard Eyre and Maggi Hambling CBE. Since launching in 2013 as an independent theatre in Clapham, South London, the non-core funded venue has gone on to produce six critically acclaimed productions including Woyzeck (2013), Macbeth (2014), Colour (2015), Mule (2016), Spring Offensive (2017) and Zeraffa Giraffa (2017) and hosted over 2,513 performances and events. Omnibus Theatre was also shortlisted by The Stage for Fringe Theatre of the Year 2019.