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UK theatres given lottery cash boost

Adam Savage
UK theatres given lottery cash boost

A total of £11.6 million of lottery money has been handed out to help refurbish a handful of theatres and other arts institutions across the UK, the BBC has reported.

A number of grants ranging from £100,000 to £500,000 were allocated to 35 venues sround the country, including London's Hackney Empire, Shoreditch Town Hall and Bush Theatre; Manchester's Exchange Theatre and the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham.

Hackney Empire (pictured) – a Grade II listed building – received a £338,800 cut. Although the Empire will spend most of its grant on repairs and making the building more accessible to wheelchair users, other venues are more likely to splash out on technological advancements, such as sound systems.

"The UK's arts and culture sector is the largest cultural economy in the world as a share of GDP," said Arts Council England chief Alan Davey. "This funding enables arts organisations to maintain the excellent work that audiences across the country enjoy by providing them with high-quality equipment and flexible working environments."

Picture: Matt Humphrey

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Tags: Arts Council England, hackney empire, bush theatre, exchange theatre, ikon gallery, theatres

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