New Theatre Royal Portsmouth are receiving a grant of nearly £1million from Arts Council England, making the playhouse a key National Portfolio Organisation for arts investment in the south of England.
Paid over four years, the investment will allow the Portsmouth venue to further develop its work, focusing on four strands: the programme of onstage work, artist development, digital development, and internationalism.
New Theatre Royal’s Chief Executive Scott Ramsay said: “The board, staff, and volunteers of the New Theatre Royal are delighted to receive news of this investment into our theatre and its activities, which allows us to widen our impact across the city and wider region.
“One of the best investments we make as a nation is in our extraordinary arts, museums, heritage, media, and sporting industries. £1billion a year in associated grants adds a quarter of a trillion pounds to the UK economy, and it plays a crucial part in forming the leaders and innovators of the future.”
Judith Smyth, Chair of the New Theatre Royal Trustees, added: “This award is a credit to the staff and board who have overseen the restoration of the theatre, and secured this grant, including Scott Ramsay our new Chief Executive. We are at a tipping point and Scott and the team will now work with our partners to continue Portsmouth’s development as a place that champions creativity and the arts.”