Nottingham Playhouse is grateful to have retained its funding from Arts Council England, (ACE), as part of its new three-year grant, announced today in the Arts Council’s 2015-18 national funding settlement.
This comes in a year where Nottingham Playhouse lost its grant from Nottinghamshire County Council. The Arts Council funding will not be used to replace the shortfall in the local authority funding cut, instead it will underline Nottingham Playhouse’s commitment to new writing, to allow the theatre to expand its participation work in local communities across the city and county and offer continuation to Nottingham Playhouse’s focus on producing high-quality theatre outside of London.
Helen Flach, Chair of Trustees, Nottingham Playhouse said: “We’re all delighted the Arts Council has recognised the quality and breadth of the work we do at the Playhouse, in our superb building and in the community. The reach of the Playhouse takes the message that Nottingham is a vibrant and creative place to live and work through our touring nationally and internationally and through broadcast media. This award enables us to build on the programme of the past three years, when our funding was last assessed, which resulted in record breaking attendances and critical acclaim.”
Retaining the full support of Arts Council England is a ringing endorsement that Nottingham Playhouse is able to deliver effectively on the five strategic aims of the Arts Council including working with disadvantaged communities and engaging with young people – making theatre accessible to all.
Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse said: “This is fantastic news for us; but we are not complacent. We recognise that funding is becoming more difficult to secure and therefore we have adapted to changing funding situations. From our corporate sponsors and individual fundraisers through to our touring shows and our production of 1984 currently in the West End, all generate much-needed income for us. We would also like to thank Nottingham City Council for its continuing support of our work.”
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