The Theatre Royal Plymouth is thrilled to announce that it has received Arts Council Funding in order to offer free theatre tickets for young people in Devon.
The scheme is a national pilot, designed to reach new audiences and develop a new generation of arts attendees under the age of 26 year olds.
Arts Council England, South West Executive Director Chris Humphrey said:
‘Venues across the region have responded to this initiative with energy and imagination.
Through their commitment, many more young people will experience what theatre can do, inspire, challenge, and help make sense of the world. This engagement will be an inspiration that will last all their lives.
‘We’re looking forward to working with the successful venues to get everything ready for an exciting week of launch activities in February.’
Chief Executive at the Theatre Royal Plymouth Adrian Vinken said:
‘We are delighted to have won this award from the Arts Council and to be one of only ten theatres to have received a premium award worth 50,000. The free theatre initiative is a fantastic opportunity for young people to access the arts. We exist to create and present theatre for everyone in the area. We believe this initiatve will support our audience development strategy ensuring that, far from a one off project, it will integrate with our exisiting work designed to reach new audiences and develop a new generation of theatre goers.’
The free theatre scheme will go live across the country on 16 February 2009. More details will be announced in the new year.