Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire New Vic wins £2.8m Arts Council cash

New Vic Theatre Image copyright NEW VIC THEATRE
Image caption Part of the funding will be used to upgrade lighting and refurbish the front of house area

Staffordshire's New Vic theatre is to receive £2.8m funding from Arts Council England.

Awarded over three years, it will be partly used to upgrade technology and redevelop the front of house.

The grant is one of series totalling £340m announced by the council for organisations across the country.

It said the grants were made on a number of factors, including the ability to ensure more people were engaging in the arts.

Artistic Director of the New Vic Theresa Heskins, said the three-year funding meant it could plan ahead and would benefit some of its collaborations with other production companies.

She added the award acknowledged the Newcastle-under-Lyme theatre's role in the local community and the educational work it carried out.

Ms Heskins said Arts Council England had separately committed to help fund a special series of productions in summer 2015, inspired by the discovery of the Staffordshire hoard.

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