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Stage One launches first Off-West End investment scheme

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The charity Stage One, which helps develop emerging theatre producers, has announced its first scheme to support smaller productions outside of the West End.

Until now, the organisation has only supported and invested in West End productions and major UK tours.

Now it is to begin supporting smaller-scale productions that are not staged in West End venues, where the charity said many emerging producers “cut their teeth”. The charity is offering investment of up to £10,000 but the scheme is only open to Stage One alumni.

It said the aim was to “support a wider range of productions and to help producers create more commercially viable work and increase their pool of investors”.

Stage One chief executive Joseph Smith said: “We are thrilled to launch the Small Scale Commercial Investment Scheme. The Off-West End industry is vibrant, dynamic and where you find some of the most exciting emerging artists working in the commercial theatre sector. Many emerging producers cut their commercial teeth Off-West End and this new scheme aims, through direct show investment, to support their commercial aspirations.”

The support will not be extended to Edinburgh Fringe shows, or shows being produced for an international market. Producers who have received Stage One investment for a West End show will not be able to apply.

More information can be found here.

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