Theatres Trust welcomes DCMS blog on protecting our theatres

Theatres Trust welcomes DCMS blog post on importance of protecting our theatres by Michael Ellis MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism.

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In his blog, Michael Ellis points out the valuable contribution of theatre to the creative industries and to communities across the UK and, highlighting our Theatres at Risk Register 2017/18, he recognises the value many theatres could bring to local communities if reopened. The range of theatres large and small spread across the UK gives people access to great art and opportunities, as well as helping to define local identity and contribute significantly to the local economy.

Through the Arts Council of England (ACE), UK Government contributes significantly to a buoyant and diverse sector, particularly supporting major theatre buildings with revenue funding through National Portfolio Funding. These ACE supported theatres form part of a rich network of community, local authority and commercially-run theatres across the UK, but all theatres face challenging times, with urgent capital works required on many theatre buildings, alongside a reduction in available lottery funding and increasing pressures on local authority budgets. 

As Michael Ellis points out, many of these theatres are finding innovative new ways to develop their business models and adapt to the current climate, but alongside this there is a clear need for significantly increased public investment in our theatre infrastructure if this is to be maintained and improved for future generations. The Theatres Trust will continue to work with government to find ways to support our vital theatre infrastructure ensuring that theatres and their communities are given the best chance to prosper. 

Find out more about our work with Theatres at Risk.

Image | Peterborough Broadway

Image credit | The recently reopened Peterborough Broadway, currently on our theatres at risk register, receives no public subsidy.