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13/03/01
Doom Laden Drama Queens Are Quids In
- London theatre promised millions by Arts Council

THE ARTS COUNCIL of England has announced that the London Arts Board will receive over UKP15 million by 2004. The funding extends to theatres in outer London, with the Theatre Royal Stratford East receiving an additional UKP300, 000 for their existing work.

The good news comes hot on the heels of last weekend's gloomy theatre 2001 conference. There, theatre practitioners like Sir Richard Eyre and RSC director Adrian Noble turned all drama-queen and deemed West End shows outdated and lamented the loss of a younger audience. Producer Bill Kenwright also disclosed that figures for leading musicals were down by 10 percent on last year.

Fortunately, the Arts' Council's review addresses these problems. Most of the funding goes to theatres that support new work, including the Royal Court, the Almeida, the Young Vic and the Tricycle





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