Fear for theatre funds

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AN INCREASED grant from the Arts Council to Sheffield Theatres from 2012 will equate to cut in real terms, venue bosses have warned.

The Sheffield Theatres trust, which runs the Crucible, Studio and Lyceum Theatres, had its annual £1 million payment increased by five per cent for the three years from 2012-2015.

But Dan Bates, Sheffield Theatres’ chief executive, said factoring in inflation at current levels, the figure represented a 10 per cent reduction from when the Crucible reopened.

“We feel very privileged that we will continue to be funded by the Arts Council, and we recognise they have had to make some very tough decisions and the part we have to play in these.

“Sheffield Theatres will receive five per cent more funding over the three years from 2012. We are determined to continue to produce bold and exciting theatre in all of our venues.”

Green Top circus, which performs to schools and community groups in Sheffield, is celebrating increased funding.

Chief executive Craig Gamble Pugh said: “The award of funds will secure our future for the next four years and into the long term. I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks. The two-year development process has been challenging.”