Withdraw proposal to cut 100% funding to Nottingham Playhouse
  • Petitioning Councillor Alan Rhodes (Leader, Nottinghamshire County Council)

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Leader, Nottinghamshire County Council
Councillor Alan Rhodes (Leader, Nottinghamshire County Council)

Withdraw proposal to cut 100% funding to Nottingham Playhouse

    1. Ben Spiller
    2. Petition by

      Ben Spiller

      Derby, United Kingdom

Nottingham Playhouse makes world-class theatre and inspirational learning, participatory and training opportunities for many thousands of local people and visitors.

The diverse programme of performances, the youth and community theatres, the participatory community groups and support for emerging and established theatre practitioners all bring audiences and artists together and, by doing so, make life worth living.

The theatre costs each Nottinghamshire taxpayer about 10p a year and invests considerably more than that in the local economy.

A significant proportion of the theatre's activity and local investment will be diminished if Nottinghamshire County Council cuts its grant by 100%.

The proposed cut is too deep and too quick for the theatre to be able to source funding from elsewhere by the time the cut will come into effect.

Nottinghamshire County Council should reconsider the extent of its proposed cut, which is unpopular with people living in Nottinghamshire and beyond.

Councillor Alan Rhodes (Leader, Nottinghamshire County Council), Leader, Nottinghamshire County Council
Please do not cut 100% of your funding to Nottingham Playhouse.

Here are the reasons, which are shared by people living in Nottinghamshire, nearby and beyond:


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Recent signatures


    1. The cut will go ahead

      Ben Spiller
      Petition Organizer

      Despite the petition and the county council's public consultation, the 100% cut will go ahead. Thanks to everyone's support. We all did our best to save the county council funding. Nottingham City Council funding continues, as does support from Arts Council England.

    2. Reached 8,000 signatures
    3. Why consult and then dictate?

      Ben Spiller
      Petition Organizer

      Nottingham Playhouse staff will be asking the question in a demonstration outside County Hall at 10am tomorrow and they're inviting you to join them as part of the national My Theatre Matters campaign. More details at http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/news/why-consult-and-then-dictate/

    4. Nottinghamshire County Council ignores our petition

      Ben Spiller
      Petition Organizer

      Nottingham Playhouse chief executive Stephanie Sirr and artistic director Giles Croft respond to the county council's decision to go ahead with its proposal to cut all of its funding to the theatre: http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/news/nottingham-playhouse-saddened-by-cuts/

    5. Petition submitted to the council

      Ben Spiller
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks for supporting the campaign so far, everyone. The period of consultation with Nottinghamshire County Council ends today, so I'm about to send the petition to the leader. Here's hoping for a positive result.

    6. Reached 7,500 signatures
    7. Reached 7,000 signatures
    8. Nottinghamshire County Council starts public consultation

      Ben Spiller
      Petition Organizer

      As part of the public consultation process, you can now share your reaction to the council's proposal by filling in this council questionnaire (it's proposal 48 on page 6): https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/L6HC7XM

    9. Reached 3,000 signatures
    10. BBC shares reactions to the proposal

      Ben Spiller
      Petition Organizer

      The BBC quotes Nottingham Playhouse chief executive Stephanie Sirr, Notts County Council deputy leader Joyce Bosnjak and local screenwriter William Ivory: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-24851714

    11. Reached 2,000 signatures
    12. Nottingham Playhouse responds to the proposal

      Ben Spiller
      Petition Organizer

      Here's a statement from the theatre, along with helpful links to more information: http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/news/nottingham-playhouse-faces-cuts/

    13. Reached 750 signatures
    14. The Stage on the proposed cut

      Ben Spiller
      Petition Organizer

      This article in The Stage gives an overview of the situation and the timeframe of public consultation with the council: http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2013/11/nottingham-playhouse-faces-100-grant-cut-county-council/?utm_campaign=news&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitter

      Nottingham Playhouse faces 100% grant cut from county council

      Nottingham Playhouse faces 100% grant cut from county council , Nicola Merrifield is a news reporter at The Stage My Theatre Matters! is a campaign, created by The Stage, TMA and Equity, mobilising audiences up and down the country in support of their local theatres.

    15. Reached 50 signatures
    16. Nottingham Evening Post reveals cut to Nottingham Playhouse

      Ben Spiller
      Petition Organizer

      Tucked away in this NEP article is the news that Nottinghamshire County Council proposes to cut all of its funding to Nottingham Playhouse: http://m.nottinghampost.com/articles/news/article/20038627


    Reasons for signing

      • 16 days ago

      The theatre has such a positive impact on the city and brings culture into so many peoples lives!

      • 22 days ago

      Local playhouses have been a tradition in this throne of kings for too long to be destroyed willy nilly

    • Annie Cusick KAILUA, HI
      • about 1 month ago

      Theatre is vital to the heart of a community, please don't cut Nottingham playhouse.

      • about 1 month ago

      I used to perform here... it is a gem!

      • 3 months ago

      As a young, unestablished performer this is the only Nottingham theatre caring about facilitating my growth of career. With programs & shows that are affordable for young people from working class backgrounds.


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