On Thursday 27th February, Nottinghamshire County Council announced that it would no longer be funding Nottingham Playhouse in the new financial year. The existing grant of £94,500 will end on the 31st March 2014.
This is despite huge opposition from Nottingham Playhouse’s audiences, supporters and members of the public. A staggering 7,624 people signed an independent change.org petition to express their opposition to the 100% cut.
Our Chief Executive, Stephanie Sirr, said of the decision: “Losing Nottinghamshire County Council support is devastating but fortunately Nottingham City Council continues to fund and support the Playhouse as does Arts Council England. We are having some very positive discussions with other would-be funders and hope to be able to make an announcement on that in the near future. This week we have finalised support from Nottingham City Council for neat14 festival and there are many other joint projects that are being worked on.”
She continued: “We have tried to keep working in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council and will continue to do so. We hope this situation is temporary and that they will be able to be come back to the table in due course. I’d like to thank everyone who supported our campaign to keep a funding link with Nottinghamshire County Council and assure them that we will continue to make outstanding theatre, which will tour regionally, nationally and internationally.”
Nottingham Playhouse would like to thank all of its other funders for their ongoing support and commitment to its work. From Nottingham City Council and Arts Council England to corporate sponsors, individual fundraisers and dedicated audience members.
This week our new brochure packed with lots of great drama, dance, music, comedy and spoken word events has been landing on doormats all over the city, county and beyond. If you would like to see a PDF of the brochure click here.