Dame Judi urged people to donate via the website “and then we can all enjoy going to the Archway again.”
“I am very proud to be patron of it,” she said.
“If like me you have had many good evenings there and enjoyed seeing people and the shows that they put on, you will understand that at this time they need a bit of help. They are a charity run by volunteers so if you feel you can spare anything, please do.”
Donate on http://www.archwaytheatre.co.uk.
The venue is currently closed, as advised by the government.
A spokesman said: “We are asking if anyone would like to donate to the Archway Theatre to help ensure our future. You can make a one-off donation or a regular monthly donation of any amount you can afford. Every penny will help us to keep paying the bills while we are forced to close.
“The Archway Theatre is a thriving little theatre located under the railway arches in Horley, near Gatwick.”
It offers 95 seats and ten full productions every year.
“We pride ourselves on a professional approach, and we are rather ambitious with some of our productions. We try all aspects of theatre, from musicals through drama to pantomime.”
For the moment, the fun has switched online.
“We have lots of new and exciting content available for you to watch on our website.”
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