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Theatre: Young People

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding was provided to each theatre participating in the free theatre tickets scheme; and how many tickets each theatre agreed to make available. (317187)

Theatres wishing to participate in the “A Night Less Ordinary” scheme were invited to apply for one of four types of grants by Arts Council England.

According to the type of venue, the location and the number of tickets each venue expected to be able to give away, participants received either:-

a multi award of £300 000 for one large West End consortium;

a premium award of £50,000 for larger ticket allocations;

a standard award of £30,000 for regular ticket allocations;

a flexible award of £10,000 for smaller ticket allocations.

Arts Council England has supplied a full list of participating theatres by award category in the following table.

Name of venue

Region

Band

London Off West End Consortium (Almeida, Battersea Arts Centre, Bush Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Greenwich Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Court, Soho Theatre, Tricycle Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Young Vic)

London

Multi award

Barbican Centre

London

Premium

Rose Theatre, Kingston

London

Premium

National Theatre

London

Premium

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

South East

Premium

Chichester Festival Theatre

South East

Premium

HQ Theatres Ltd (Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe; Beck Theatre, Hayes; Southend Theatres; The Wyvern Theatre, Swindon; White Rock Theatre, Hastings)

National

Premium

The Works (Dance and Theatre Cornwall) (Carn to Cove, representing 62 village halls; The Acorn Arts Centre, Penzance; Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross; The Keay Theatre, St. Austell; Helford Theatre, Truro)

South West

Premium

Theatre Royal, Plymouth

South West

Premium

Birmingham Hippodrome

West Midlands

Premium

Birmingham Rep

West Midlands

Premium

Malvern Theatres

West Midlands

Premium

Royal Shakespeare Company

West Midlands

Premium

West Yorkshire Playhouse

Yorkshire

Premium

York Royal Theatre

Yorkshire

Premium

Royal and Derngate, Northampton

East Midlands

Standard

Nottingham Playhouse

East Midlands

Standard

The Pleasance Theatre Islington

London

Standard

Hackney Empire Studio Theatre

London

Standard

Trafalgar Studios

London

Standard

Areola Theatre Production Company

London

Standard

Polka Theatre

London

Standard

The Churchill, Bromley

London

Standard

Sunderland Empire

North East

Standard

North East Newcastle Theatres (Theatre Royal, Northern Stage, Live Theatre)

North East

Standard

Contact

North West

Standard

West Cumbria Arts Partnership (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick; Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven; Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth; The Wave, Maryport; Arts Out West-West Cumbria rural touring scheme)

North West

Standard

Royal Exchange Theatre

North West

Standard

Blackpool Grand

North West

Standard

Dukes Playhouse

North West

Standard

Oldham Coliseum Theatre

North West

Standard

The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

North West

Standard

The Hawth Theatre

South East

Standard

Milton Keynes Theatre

South East

Standard

Nuffield Theatre

South East

Standard

Oxford Playhouse

South East

Standard

Exeter Northcott Theatre

South West

Standard

Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts

South West

Standard

Belgrade Theatre

West Midlands

Standard

New Vic Theatre

West Midlands

Standard

Regent Theatre, Stoke-On-Trent

West Midlands

Standard

Warwick Arts Centre

West Midlands

Standard

Hull Truck Theatre

Yorkshire

Standard

Sheffield Theatres Trust (Crucible Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, Studio Theatre)

Yorkshire

Standard

Watford Palace Theatre

East

Flexible

Mercury Theatre

East

Flexible

The Hat Factory, Luton

East

Flexible

The Junction

East

Flexible

South Holland Centre

East Midlands

Flexible

Derby Live (Assembly Rooms and Guildhall Theatre)

East Midlands

Flexible

Blue Elephant Theatre

London

Flexible

Half Moon

London

Flexible

Tara

London

Flexible

artsdepot

London

Flexible

Gate Theatre

London

Flexible

Millfield Arts Centre

London

Flexible

The Albany

London

Flexible

Harrow Arts Centre

London

Flexible

Orange Tree Theatre

London

Flexible

Roundhouse

London

Flexible

Rich Mix

London

Flexible

Darlington Civic Theatre/Darlington Arts Centre

North East

Flexible

The Customs House

North East

Flexible

Forum twenty eight

North West

Flexible

The Met Arts Centre

North West

Flexible

Liverpool Everyman Playhouse

North West

Flexible

Library Theatre Company

North West

Flexible

Marine Hall and Thornton Little Theatre

North West

Flexible

Highlights Rural Touring Scheme

North West/North East

Flexible

Farnham Maltings

South East

Flexible

Hampshire Small Scale Venues (Ashcroft Arts Centre, Farnham; Forest Arts Centre, New Milton; Havant Arts Centre; West End Centre, Aldershot; Winchester Discovery Centre)

South East

Flexible

The Live Theatre Winchester Trust (Theatre Royal Winchester, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth)

South East

Flexible

Assembly Hall Theatre

South East

Flexible

South Hill Park Arts Centre

South East

Flexible

PANeK Consortia (PANeK; Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury; Theatre Royal Margate; Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, South Hill Park Arts Centre)

South East

Flexible

Merlin Theatre

South West

Flexible

Arc Theatre Trowbridge

South West

Flexible

Culture Swindon (Swindon Arts Centre, Artsmad)

South West

Flexible

Air in G

South West

Flexible

Oakengates Theatre @ The Palace, Telford

West Midlands

Flexible

Breaking Boundaries (Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Arts Alive Touring Scheme)

West Midlands

Flexible

The Drum

West Midlands

Flexible

Playbox Theatre

West Midlands

Flexible

Courtyard Centre for the Arts

West Midlands

Flexible

Lawrence Batley Theatre/LBT

Yorkshire

Flexible

The Civic

Yorkshire

Flexible

Lamproom Theatre, Barnsley

Yorkshire

Flexible

Square Chapel Centre for the Arts

Yorkshire

Flexible

National Rural Touring Forum

Yorkshire

Flexible

The Plowright Theatre

Yorkshire

Flexible

The Carriage Works

Yorkshire

Flexible

The “A Night Less Ordinary” scheme plans to make available over 600,000 tickets over two years. Arts Council England cannot provide the number of tickets individual theatres have agreed to make available for reasons of commercial confidentiality.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many young people have used theatre tickets provided under the A Night Less Ordinary scheme since the scheme was introduced. (320661)

In the first nine months of the ‘A Night Less Ordinary’ Scheme 122,818 tickets were given away to young people under 26. There is no central monitoring of the scheme, but we are undertaking a comprehensive evaluation which will include assessment of how many young people took advantage of the scheme and the potential impact on long-term attendance.