Taunton’s Brewhouse theatre to go into administration

The Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton which closed in 2013 after local authority Somerset County Council removed its funding to all cultural groups in 2010.
The Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton which closed in 2013 after local authority Somerset County Council removed its funding to all cultural groups in 2010.
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The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre in Taunton is to go into administration tomorrow following cuts to its public funding in recent years.

The centre is expected to confirm that it will be closing from tomorrow (February 21) while all options are considered.

It currently employs 55 people – 20 full time, 35 part time – and 21 volunteers and is expected to announce tomorrow that all staff will be made redundant.

Arts Council England withdrew its regular funding to the Brewhouse in 2005, which preceded an annual funding cut of 25% from Taunton Deane Borough Council.

Somerset County Council then removed its funding to all cultural organisations, including the Brewhouse, in 2010.

The 352-seat theatre venue and gallery is expected to release a statement tomorrow.

2 Comments

  1. This is an absolute travesty. Such a wonderful venue and such an incredible resource for the community of Taunton. I had the pleasure of performing at The Brewhouse in their production of Alice In Wonderland and saw first hand how great the venue is. Robert Miles and the team have done everything possible to secure extra income and funding for the venue, but sadly it seems their efforts were in vain. My only hope is that the community of Taunton put pressure on the council and Arts Council to reinstate the funding the venue do desperately needs.

  2. I am dismayed by this news. The Brewhouse has a fantastic programme causing people like me to travel from Devon for theatre performances I could not see anywhere else in the south-west. It has imaginatively supported artists and theatre makers, such as myself, despite the lack of financial support it has received itself. This is a great loss for the region and leaves a gaping hole in Somerset’s artistic life. Best wishes to Robert Miles and all those who have worked so hard to provide a hub of creative life and activity in a key area of the south-west.

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