No news of government help for theatre as Tories announce a £100 million bailout… for zoos! Yes, that’s right. You couldn’t make it up!
A few months ago when Arts Council England announced their funding allocation for the next four years, one of the shocks that came out of it was the dropping of Liverpool’s MDI as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO).
Northern Broadsides today announced that their founder and artistic director Barrie Rutter OBE will step down in April 2018 after leading the company for twenty-five years. He has cited lack of suitable Arts Council funding as a reason for his departure.
Today, Arts Council England announced that it will invest an additional £170million outside London between 2018 and 2022.
Hidden Door Festival struggling:
The innovative Hidden Door Festival 2015, which has taken over King’s Stable Yards to huge critical acclaim, needs to hike ticket sales to reach its break-even target.