Birmingham Stage Company


15 February 2008

Derby Playhouse has closed. What a disaster. There have clearly been a lot of problems at the venue but by withdrawing its grant, the Arts Council sounded the death knell for the venue. I cannot understand the circumstances where this has been allowed to happen. One by one Britain's regional theatres are coming under threat - and the powers in charge can't think of anything more imaginative than closing them down. It is a disgrace to our profession.

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