Nottingham Playhouse: Funding lifeline sparks row

Nottingham PlayhouseResidents in Broxtowe are not happy with their council’s plans to pay for The Nottingham Playhouse. The city based theatre lost all of its funding earlier this year.

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A Facebook campaign has been launched by residents criticising Broxtowe Borough Council’s proposal to provide funding for the Nottingham Playhouse.

Borough Councillor Stan Heptinstall has put forward plans to rescue the theatre after Nottinghamshire County Council decided last month to scrap its annual £94,500 grant.

The funding cut sparked protests amid fears it would have a grave impact on the theatre. IMG_02372

Councillor Heptinstall as well as representing Bramcote on the Borough Council, is also the Deputy Mayor of Broxtowe

Councillor Heptinstall as well as representing Bramcote on the Borough Council, is also the Deputy Mayor of Broxtowe

Councillor Heptinstall however explained that the Playhouse has always supported Broxtowe, saying “all the work they’ve done for the Borough has been quite significant”.

He also reiterated that in the “grand scheme of things, Broxtowe’s grant will be a small amount compared to the County Council’s”.

Playhouse-factbox2In a statement from Nottingham Playhouse, they say they’re really glad of the news from Broxtowe Borough Council, as borough councils in particular have always helped the Playhouse in several ways.

The general consensus in Broxtowe as well as the surrounding areas though is very different, with residents annoyed and upset.

Broxtowe Borough Council say they will now make their final decision on whether to restore funding to the Playhouse, between late May and early June.

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