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Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds responds to 100% cut

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. Photo: Martin Pettitt.
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Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds currently receives £120,000 each year as a national portfolio organisation.

However, from 2015 it will stop being an NPO, with its arts council funding reduced to 0.

Here is its response in full:

We are really disappointed to hear that from April 2015 the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds will no longer be funded by Arts Council England as a national portfolio organisation. Art’s Council England’s current NPO funding represents 36% of our revenue grant funding and some 8% of our total income which effectively funds 20% of our running costs. This highlights the importance of the ACE contribution, and they have said that they will continue discussions with us to explore new ways to generate resources for our work.

The Theatre Royal has gone through a number of very difficult years and we have recently made major changes to our operations to ensure that the theatre is, and will remain, creatively led and financially sustainable.

The past six months have seen a renewed connection with our audiences and real interest in our creative programme.  We know that the Arts Council has had to make some tough decisions, but loss of this funding is very important to the Theatre Royal’s stability and most importantly to people in this region’s entitlement to high quality performing arts.

We will continue to work closely with St Edmundsbury District Council and Suffolk County Council to identify new ways to continue providing an exciting programme.  The Theatre Royal remains dedicated to its audiences locally and nationally and to offering high quality creative work for schools and the community, making theatre truly accessible for all.

We will continue to collaborate where possible with other companies and artists, and will engage with our important local business sponsors and supporters to find new ways of working together as we move forward.  The Theatre Royal is an important historic venue, but most importantly it will fight to remain a creative organisation that can excite, entertain and inform audiences and provide a platform for artists to work in and around Bury.”

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