Theatre Wins £3.1m

Bondholder Derby Theatre remains as part of Arts Council England’s (ACE) National Portfolio, plus receive an uplift in funding, which will result in it receiving a total amount of £3,180,000 over the next four years.

This is a £1,180,000 uplift on current funding to support key strands of the Theatre’s programme of work from 2018 to 2022.

ACE will support, and provide a further uplift in funding, to Derby Theatre for another four years as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) from April 2018 to help achieve ACE’s goal of ‘Great art and culture for everyone’.

Sarah Brigham, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Derby Theatre, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Arts Council England has decided to continue funding us as a National Portfolio Organisation, and thrilled they have also offered us an uplift of £1.18 million over the next four years.  

"This landmark decision is a testament to the work we have delivered in the last few years, which has seen the Theatre truly open its doors to the community, resulting in increased audience numbers, more support from other funders and critical acclaim from the national press for our productions and way of working.  

"A huge thank you must go to the University of Derby, who continue to support the Theatre, and to the audiences and communities who continue to show their passion for the venue, as well of course to the staff and trustees who have worked tirelessly to ensure that we have built on our artistic vision of being at the heart of the community of Derby and beyond.  

"This uplift in funding will allow us to develop more work for families, work for our deaf community and take our mission to support the next generation of artists even further.”

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice Chancellor at fellow Bondholder University of Derby, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Derby Theatre, an important part of the University, remains as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations; and delighted that ACE has also offered the Theatre an uplift in funding. I believe this much appreciated uplift reflects the Arts Council’s recognition and support for the Learning Theatre model.

"We are very proud of this achievement, and would like to thank and congratulate the Theatre team, especially Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Sarah Brigham, as well as my colleagues at the University, for their continued hard work, and all that they have achieved through our unique partnership."