The Monument Trust is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.

The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust is the operating office of 17 different independent grantmaking trusts established by members of three generations of the Sainsbury family. It exists to provide economies of scale in the management of the trusts’ activities. The trusts’ support for charitable causes over more than 50 years represents one of the leading examples of sustained philanthropy in Britain.

The Team

James Tillitt is artistic director of The Astor Theatre, which he brought back into operation as a focal point for Deal and East Kent's artistic community 10 years ago.
Lucia handles all Events bookings at The Astor; from weddings to corporate hires. Born and raised in Belfast, Lucia graduated from Queens’ University and, following a brief flirtation with journalism, she left Northern Ireland to begin her drama training at RADA in London. Lucia has worked extensively across the UK and Europe on stage and on...


  • The Astor is a unique place, theatre and meeting place.. Professionals mingle with amateurs and locals. It has wide ranging facilities for diverse activities. The management are helpful and friendly. It is a lovely place to perform, watch or participate.
  • We held our wedding reception here on 22 June with a live band and had the most amazing night! We wanted something relaxed and fun and that's exactly what we got... I would recommend this venue for a large party with a live band.
  • A jewel in this thriving seaside town Such a genuinely wonderful theatre, bar restaurant, art gallery, tucked away in the up and coming seaside town
  • Always a warm welcome from Team Astor and patrons of your delightful little theatre and a privilege to play such a well run and much loved venue.’Use it or lose it’ is a phrase I always bandy about but we need people to pack out theatres like the Astor so that we can carry on the great tradition of LIVE! entertainment and encourage young people to enjoy it as we have always done.
  • The Astor Theatre is a central pillar of culture in Deal. Historically and currently, the theatre has served the community and beyond with vision and dignity. The outreach work and community engagement is exemplary and as a visiting performer I have always been welcomed with support and kindness. Long may the Astor continue to shine a light on the Kent coast, a beacon of theatre, film, music, performance and more.