Amal Clooney: George Clooney and wife offer ‘lifeline’ as Berkshire theatre forced to shut

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George Clooney, 59, and Amal Clooney, 42, donated towards The Mill at Sonning Theatre, near their £12million mansion in Berkshire. It comes as theatre venues across the UK were forced to close amid the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent nationwide lockdown.

The Hollywood A-lister and his other half are said to be frequent visitors of the playhouse which is also a restaurant.

The couple have helped raise money to ensure the survival of The Mill at Sonning Theatre, which is set to reopen at the end of the month.

A theatre spokesman said in a statement shared to Facebook: “The Mill at Sonning is to re-open its theatre on October 30 and announces all its in-house theatre productions for 2021.

“The auditorium is to be named in honour of legendary playwright Ray Cooney for his incredible support for the venue during lockdown.

“After nine months in lockdown, The Mill at Sonning, the UK’s only dinner theatre, is to re-open its theatre on October 30 with a winter season of comedy, magic, cabarets and plays.”

They continued: “Since July, when the theatre celebrated its 38th birthday, The Mill has only been able to operate its adjoining restaurant with reduced seating, but this together with fundraising and donations from Mill Angel supporters and Hollywood star George Clooney and his wife Amal, who are near neighbours and regular attenders, have been a lifeline to ensure the venue’s survival.

“Artistic Director Sally Hughes singles out special praise for the playwright Ray Cooney, whose legendary farces are performed regularly at the venue.

“The Mill will reopen with a much-reduced capacity of 70 customers for dinner and show due to social distancing, but the venue has come up with an ingenious way to hide the empty seats that have to be left between bookings.”

At the time of The Mill’s closure, it was said the Clooneys are regular visitors of the theatre.

“The Clooneys are regular members of the audience at The Mill and want it to be on a secure financial footing,” a source told MailOnline. has contacted George Clooney and Amal Clooney representatives for comment.

Oceans Eleven and ER star George and his wife Amal bought their nearby mansion in 2014.


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Earlier this year, the couple reportedly donated $1 million (£807,000) to coronavirus relief efforts.

Elsewhere, Amal recently quit her role as a UK special envoy in anger over the Government’s controversial Internal Market Bill which risks breaking international law.

The Human Rights lawyer wrote to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to explain her reasons for standing down.

In her resignation letter, she said: “It is lamentable for the UK to be speaking of its intention to violate an international treaty signed by the Prime Minister less than a year ago.”

She said he offered her “no assurance that any change of position is imminent” which left her with “no alternative but to resign”.

Amal added: “However, very sadly, it has now become untenable for me, as Special Envoy, to urge other states to respect and enforce international obligations while the UK declares that it does not intend to do so itself.”

George and Amal were married at the Aman Canal Grande luxury resort in Venice, Italy in 2014.

The couple share two children together; twins Alexander and Ella.

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