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Funding reprieve for theatre group

PUBLISHED: 10:21 03 February 2008 | UPDATED: 19:37 05 July 2010

DIRECTORS of East Anglia's largest touring theatre company were celebrating this weekend after they were given a funding reprieve by arts chiefs.

Eastern Angles faced losing 50pc of its Arts Council grant in a round of cost-cutting by the funding body, which distributes Government money.

DIRECTORS of East Anglia's largest touring theatre company were celebrating this weekend after they were given a funding reprieve by arts chiefs.

Eastern Angles faced losing 50pc of its Arts Council grant in a round of cost-cutting by the funding body, which distributes Government money.

But the Ipswich-based group, which tours plays to village halls, schools and community centres across the region including north Suffolk, has now been told its funding will be restored.

Its grant for the forthcoming year will still drop, from £218,000 to £195,000, but should be fully restored the year after that if targets are met.

Of the 200 arts organisations that faced severe funding cuts, Eastern Angles was among a group of just 17 that were given a reprieve.

It followed a campaign which was backed by a host of stars Sir Peter Hall, Griff Rhys Jones, Louis de Bernières and Alistair McGowan.

Ivan Cutting, artistic director and co-founder, said: “This is a terrific result and far better than we ever imagined.

“It's good news that a compromise settlement has been reached and we will be working in close collaboration with the Arts Council to ensure that we hit their milestone targets.”

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