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Queen's Theatre included in ACE awarded Regional Touring Network

ACE Award launches the Regional Touring network

Arts Council England has made a one off award of £826,786 to enable the launch of The Regional Touring Network. Facilitated by English Touring Theatre, The Regional Touring Network, a consortium of 9 regional venues and English Touring Theatre, will produce and tour high quality drama on the mid-scale to audiences throughout England, and by growing audiences through a comprehensive and effective audience development plan will deliver a legacy of sustainable touring.

Director of English Touring Theatre Rachel Tackley said, “It is clear that there is an appetite for brilliant and ambitious mid-scale work in regional theatres which is currently not being filled. This is a great opportunity for English Touring Theatre to work with these 9 venues and make a real impact on theatregoing opportunities for a broad range of audiences across the country.”

The venues involved are Oldham Coliseum; Northcott Theatre, Exeter; Cast, Doncaster; Warwick Arts Centre; Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham; Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield; Harrogate Theatre; Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple and Lighthouse, Poole.

“The timing could not be better as part of our strategy to present a broader co-ordinated drama programme that includes work of all scales,” commented Alan Dodd from North Devon Theatres.

The Regional Touring Network is a three year project to tour top quality classic and contemporary work to audiences across the UK, growing and sustainingdemand, andpiloting new ways for touring companies and venues to work better together.  The first tour will commence in autumn 2016.

North Devon Theatres' Director Alan Dodd said “All the team at North Devon Theatres’ Trust are so pleased that we are part of The Regional Touring Network, linking with 9 other theatres throughout the country over the next three years.  This is brilliant news for residents in North Devon, because it now means they can get to see for the first time high quality drama performances of modern classics from  English Touring Theatre, which is one of the UK’s most successful and exciting production companies, widely regarded as England's ‘national theatre of touring’.  The Arts Council England funding of The Regional Touring Network not only helps us to afford to take these high quality and inspiring productions, which otherwise in the present economic climate would normally be very difficult for us to achieve, but it also allows us to offer a range of ticket prices that our customers can more easily afford.”


English Touring Theatre is one of the UKs most successful and exciting production companies, widely regarded as England's national theatre of touring. 

Led by Director Rachel Tackley, the company works with leading artists to stage an eclectic mix of new and classic work for audiences throughout the UK and overseas; theatre that is thrilling, popular and, above all, entertaining. In 2014 they received the UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production for Translations – a co-production with Sheffield Theatres and Rose Theatre Kingston.

Their recent projects include Twelfth Night – a co-production with Sheffield Theatres, Arcadia and A Mad World My Masters; with The Odyssey: Missing, Presumed Dead by Simon Armitage to tour this Autumn.

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