Sheffield Theatres Arts Council Funding Confirmed Until 2022

Sheffield Theatres has today announced it will continue to be funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO).

The Theatres is currently part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. Today’s news confirms that the Arts Council will continue to support Sheffield Theatres at a standstill level, contributing £1,279,865 each year for four years commencing in 2018.

Dan Bates, Chief Executive of Sheffield Theatres commented:

‘I am delighted that we have confirmed funding from Arts Council England as an NPO. During this last funding period we have been recognised as Regional Theatre of the Year for the third time, won 9 UK Theatre Awards, transferred two shows to the West End and toured 8 productions across the UK. We've also welcomed over a million people through our doors for more than 200 productions on our stages, and expanded our community engagement programme to include Dementia Friendly events, a greater number of accessible performances and more family friendly activities attracting thousands of people to create and participate with us every year.

We are grateful to ACE for recognising our contribution to creating great art for everyone by making this award. This funding gives us a solid foundation on which to grow and diversify work over the next four years.’

The Theatres receive public funding from both the Arts Council and Sheffield City Council. This funding equates to 13% of its annual turnover – a vital contribution to the Theatres’ operations. Sheffield Theatres generates its remaining income through fundraising, commercial hire, bars and catering operations and, most significantly, through ticket sales.  Sheffield City Council has supported Sheffield Theatres’ Arts Council application with a 4 year funding commitment of £291,600 per annum.

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Sheffield Theatres is the largest theatre complex outside London. Across our three auditoria: the Crucible, the Lyceum and the Crucible Studio, we offer a huge variety of home-grown and touring productions, as well as a thriving programme of participatory events and activities.