THE New Theatre Royal has announced its plan for government funding awarded for the next three years.
Portsmouth’s Guildhall Walk Theatre held a community open day to celebrate being included in the Arts Council England National Portfolio programme.
The investment will ensure the theatre can continue function by taking shows out on the road while the back of the building is rebuilt.
A new programme called New Theatre Royal in the Community aims to create a range of new opportunities for young people and continue the theatre’s work as a founding member of the House group.
House is a consortium of regional producers that includes Brighton Festival and Dome; Oxford Playhouse; Newbury Corn Exchange; The Point in Eastleigh; Farnham Maltings; South Street in Reading and the Theatre Royal, in Margate.
The group is working in partnership across the south east to find new and different ways of building an audience for theatre.
Supporting the project is University of Portsmouth Vice Chancellor, John Craven, who said: ‘I am delighted that the Arts Council has continued to support the New Theatre Royal as we develop the Creative Industries project in the centre of Portsmouth.
‘The funding will enable a continuing programme while the theatre and the university develop world-class facilities for performance, education and outreach.’