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15/10/01
New Funding Means Shows Go On
- Noble and Nunn heave sigh of relief

THE ARTS COUNCIL has allocated UKP600,000 to large London-based companies like the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company to tour their productions next year. In view of war and recession threats, the windfall could be just the ticket for saving theatre from crisis.

"We are delighted that now there is a proper funding mechanism to allow audiences throughout the UK direct access to our work," said Trevor Nunn, the current head of the RNT.

RSC director Adrian Noble was too busy defending his decision to move shows to the West End to comment. In response to ongoing criticism, Noble said today that the Barbican base, which has been the company's home for over 25 years, was too large and formal for current audiences.

But like Nunn, Noble can stop worrying about how to implement his plans. Thanks to Barclays Bank, which has announced a major programme of sponsorship worth UKP2 million for London arts, both directors now have the funds to woo a larger audience. "It is important to increase the accessibility of theatre to a wider audience," said a Barclays Bank spokesman.




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