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RSC promises to support local theatres amid cuts

The Royal Shakespeare Company has promised to support local theatres in the face of ongoing funding cuts.

As the company celebrates a record year, directors at the RSC said they would do what they could to keep the theatre alive.

It comes as the RSC reported a record year for income, despite another drop in funding from Arts Council England, which fell by a further £0.8m to £16.6m.

The regional theatres we work with across the country face more immediate challenges and we will continue to collaborate with and support them where we can.

Great regional theatre is crucial, not just to local audiences, but to the success of the national companies and the West End and we must do all we can to make the case for its future wellbeing.

– Gregory Doran, RSC Artistic Director

The RSC in numbers: what made 2012 a record year?

  • 1,459 performances of 25 productions
  • 1.5 million people worldwide experienced the RSC in actio
  • 420 actors worked and trained with the RSC during the year
  • Increased the amount of self-generated income to 73 per cent
  • Total income increased by 30 per cent to £62.6m
  • Box office earnings increased by 75 per cent
  • Fundraising income increased by 28 per cent
  • 403,000 young people and teachers took part in the RSC’s Learning and Performance Network


Record year for the Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced record results for the past year at its annual general meeting in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The company's annual turnover topped £62million during the 2012/13 financial year, while Box Office earnings increased by a whopping 75 per cent, to £31.6m.

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford Credit: David Jones/PA

In total, 1.5m people watched an RSC production, with 1,459 performances of 25 shows performed around the world.

The company's success comes despite another drop in funding from Arts Council England, which fell by a further £0.8m to £16.6m.

Girl who went missing from fair found safe and well

A teenage girl who went missing from Stratford Mop Fair has been found safe and well.

Seventeen-year-old Shannon Scarrott reported to police today after seeing coverage of her disappearance.

Shannon Scarrott, aged 17, has now been found
Shannon Scarrott, aged 17, has now been found Credit: Facebook/Help Find Shannon Scarrott

Shannon Scarrott had been seen going into a McDonalds on Saturday, but had not been seen until she handed herself in.

Warwickshire Police said her family had been informed, and thanked the public for their support in spreading the word.

Police search for girl who vanished at fairground

Shannon Scarrott was last seen going into a McDonalds on Saturday
Shannon Scarrott was last seen going into a McDonalds on Saturday Credit: Facebook/Help Find Shannon Scarrott

Warwickshire Police are searching for a 17 year-old girl who was reported missing at the Stratford Mop Fair in Warwickshire on Saturday (12 October).

Shannon Scarrott from Gloucestershire was last seen going into the McDonalds on Bridge Street at around 9pm and leaving by the Waterside exit 15 minutes later.

She is described as a white female, 5' 8" tall, slim build with long, dark brown hair. When last seen she was wearing a red coat.

Famous US Greyhound bus graces Warwickshire

A US Greyhound bus is an unlikely sight in the UK, but it was the star attraction at Showbus 2013 held at Long Marston airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon.

It once crossed the States on long-distance service in the 1960s and 70s.

Greyhound bus on show at Showbus 2013 Credit: ITV Central

The split-level coach was one of the more than 1,000 buses old and new which came to Warwickshire from across the country.

It is the second time the event has been held in the Midlands having moved from Duxford.


One giant leap for former Mayor

The former Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon returned from America on Tuesday where he has completed space flight training at NASTAR.

65-year-old Cyril Bennis, who was mayor in 1997-98, is planning to fly into sub-orbital space next year.

Cyril Bennis passed training and medical assessments in Philadelphia and has been cleared for space travel next year Credit: Cyril Bennis

Gold post box in Stratford-upon-Avon given fresh coat of paint

The post boxes in Stratford-upon-Avon Credit: ITV News Central

A post box in Stratford-upon-Avon to mark James Roe's success at the London 2012 Paralympic Games will remain permanently gold.

The post box on Bridge Street was painted gold last summer.

It has been given a fresh coat of gold paint and a plaque to remind residents and visitors of the local link to London 2012.

The post boxes being painted last summer Credit: ITV News Central

Criticisism of approval to build 800 homes near Shakespeare cottage

800 homes are expected to be built near to Anne Hathaway's cottage
800 homes are expected to be built near to Anne Hathaway's cottage Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The leader of Stratford District Council has criticised a High Court Judge's decision to build 800 new homes near a Shakespearean cottage in Shottery, Warwickshire.

On the decision to build the home near William Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway's, cottage Chris Saint says:

"This is a sad day for Stratford and localism and a bitterly disappointing decision...I am stunned that the aspirations of local people have been so roundly dismissed.

We have proved before that there are ample sites available elsewhere in the district and we are more than happy to put our faith in building to support our economic future, but at the right location; land close to Anne Hathaway's Cottage was never our choice for development."

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