Nottingham Playhouse welcomes Jeremy Hunt MP

Thursday 17th November 2011

Nottingham Playhouse was delighted to welcome The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on Wednesday and have the chance to introduce him to some of the highly-skilled and dedicated team who help us make hugely enjoyable and entertaining theatre of the highest quality right here in Nottingham.

Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse and Giles Croft, Artistic Director said:

“We were delighted that the Secretary of State made space for a visit to Nottingham Playhouse in a very busy itinerary leading up to 2012. During his time here he was able to meet local actress and writer Lisa Jackson and see first-hand the work of a busy producing theatre, particularly in the lead up to pantomime, with a tour of the paint shop and wardrobe. ”

After a brief tour of the theatre, members of our management team and Board enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the work of the Playhouse as part of the city, and the region’s, hugely varied and growing cultural provision. They were joined by Paul Brookes, Creative Programmer 2012 and John Cairns, Relationship Manager Regional Planning, from the Arts Council.

Peter Knott, Director of Arts Council England, said:

“It’s great to welcome Jeremy Hunt to Nottingham where he has the opportunity to visit Nottingham Playhouse and see how important arts and culture are in the East Midlands. The 2012 Cultural Olympiad brings fantastic opportunities to the region. We’re especially excited that Nottingham Playhouse is one of the host venues for World Event Young Artists which forms the finale of the Olympic celebration in the East Midlands.”

Jeremy Hunt MP, commented: “The Nottingham Playhouse is a fabulous venue, right at the heart of a vibrant arts community in the East Midlands. It has a huge amount to excite, inspire and engage visitors and residents alike.”

He also commented on his Twitter feed that he had enjoyed “a great tour of Nottingham Playhouse.”

Mr Hunt was in the East Midlands as part of a nationwide tour to help businesses to make the most of the opportunities presented by London hosting the Olympics next year and to urge schools to sign up to the School Games competition.

On his visit, Jeremy Hunt MP also visited Trent Bridge where Ashes Tests will be played in 2013 and 2015 and Ellis Guilford School and Sports College in Nottingham.

For more details see the DCMS press release