13 September 2011

Northamptonshire County Council’s future funding arrangements for the Royal & Derngate theatre have been agreed at a cabinet meeting today (September 13th)

The report will secure future funding for the theatre of £203,765 annually from 2012/13 to 2015/16.

The current funding arrangement, which sees the council commission the theatre to provide a range of activities for children and young people, is due to end in March 2012.

The money will be used to continue to fund a comprehensive programme of activities for the county’s children and young people including looked after children and young people who are at risk of offending.

County councillor for customer services Heather Smith said: “Not only is the Royal & Derngate theatre one of Northamptonshire’s most important and popular attractions, it is also a vital asset for the county, with a recent Arts Council study showing it contributes £20 million a year to our local economy.

“Times are hard, so we have to make sure that our funding decisions are made where they can make the most impact and it is clear that continuing to support the theatre makes both good cultural and good financial sense.

“The money allocated to the Royal & Derngate by the council will see thousands more local children and young people take part in a variety of activities and importantly, it will help to ensure the theatre can continue to play a vital role in making Northamptonshire a great place to live and work.”