ACE awards Derby Theatre £923,000

Derby Theatre has been awarded £923,000 from Arts Council England, which will help it to appoint an artistic leader and stage three in-house productions a year.

The University of Derby, which operates the theatre, has also said it will provide £1.5 million over the next three years.

During this time, it will appoint an artistic leader who will be responsible for programming seasons of productions, including three in-house productions a year, and make “Derby the creative base for the development of new productions”.

It will also work on forging relationships with associate artists and companies and on developing connections with schools and colleges, as well as the university.

The funding announcement follows ACE’s decision last year not to award Derby Theatre portfolio funding, which could have seen it awarded around £700,000 a year.

Following this, the theatre applied for funding from ACE’s “strategic funding” pot, and has now been successful in securing money.

Derby Theatre general manager Gary Johnson said: “Derby Theatre is delighted that Arts Council East Midlands has decided to award us with strategic funding of £923,000 over three years. We are extremely grateful for their guidance over the past few months in helping us to realise the potential for the funding and how it can be best put to use – for the benefit of the venue, our audiences, our students and stakeholders – and we very much look forward to working even more closely with them over the next three years.”

Derby Theatre this year ended its partnership with Derby Live, which had been responsible for running the venue’s programme, with the university taking on this role instead.

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