July 25 2014 Latest news:
by Sam Gelder
Thursday, July 3, 2014
The show will go on at a popular theatre after it was awarded “vital” funding from Arts Council England this week.
The Queen’s Theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch, is one of a specially selected group of arts organisations to receive the grant, that will last until 2018.
The theatre will receive three injections of £277,032 each year until then, the Arts Council announced on Tuesday.
Queen’s administrative director, Thom Stanbury, said: “This is the most thrilling news - we are overjoyed the Arts Council will continue to fund the precious work of the Queen’s Theatre.
“It’s a massive vote of confidence in the great work done by the whole company behind visionary artistic director Bob Carlton and our passionate commitment to putting theatre and the arts at the heart of what people do here in Havering.
Queen’s Theatre is a registered charity and depends on the grant, which makes up about a 10 per cent of the total income. Havering Council provides 15pc.
The remaining 75pc of the revenue has to be raised by the theatre, a much higher proportion than the national average.
Mr Stanbury added: “In a wider context, this support helps us give the people the theatre they deserve and recognises how crucial the arts are as a tool for social change and improvement.
The theatre is the only producing house [a theatre which produces its own shows] in the borough and is home to the UK’s only resident professional company of actor-musicians, Cut to the Chase.
It also works with thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds each year as part of its wide-reaching Education and Outreach programme.
Cllr Melvin Wallace, cabinet member for culture, said: “I’m really pleased that Arts Council has continued to support the much-loved Queen’s theatre. Especially at a time when support for the arts is under pressure. The funding really will be a great help.”