£560,000 boost for pres­tige the­atre

Grants to help en­hance the­atre’s en­gage­ment

The Scarborough News - - FRONT PAGE - By Kieran Mur­ray kieran.mur­ray@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @Re­porterKie

Scar­bor­ough’s Stephen Joseph The­atre could have a more invit­ing wel­come thanks to £560,000 grants which will help de­velop the front of house ar­eas.

Scar­bor­ough’s Stephen Joseph The­atre will un­dergo de­vel­op­ment af­ter re­ceiv­ing more than £400,000 from Arts Coun­cil Eng­land.

The one-off cap­i­tal grant of £419,122 is a large part of an over­all cap­i­tal project of £561,000 for de­vel­op­ments to the front of house ar­eas, in­clud­ing bet­ter ac­cess via an im­proved pas­sen­ger lift and wheel­chair plat­form; a new, en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly LED light­ing sys­tem in the Round, which will lower the venue’s en­ergy bills; and var­i­ous smaller projects.

The the­atre has also suc­cess­fully re­tained its sta­tus as an Arts Coun­cil Eng­land Na­tional Port­fo­lio Or­gan­i­sa­tion for an­other four years.

Na­tional Port­fo­lio Or­gan­i­sa­tions are the in­sti­tu­tions which re­ceive reg­u­lar an­nual fund­ing from Arts Coun­cil Eng­land, and are seen as rep­re­sent­ing some of the best arts prac­tice in the world. For the four fi­nan­cial years from 2018 to 2022, the Stephen Joseph The­atre will re­ceive an­nual fund­ing of £637,715 a year.

Richard Grun­well, chair of the Stephen Joseph The­atre board, said: “This val­i­da­tion of the Stephen Joseph The­atre as a world-class or­gan­i­sa­tion will en­able us to cre­ate even more ex­cit­ing work in 2018 and be­yond.”

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