The Clothworkers’ Foundation will be supporting English regional theatre to the tune of up to £150,000 each year for the next five years.
It’s part of a £1.25 million programme to support the dramatic arts.
The award is open to venue members of UK Theatre that operate under the UK Theatre/Equity Subsidised Repertory Agreement.
For 2014, the Bristol Old Vic, Cheltenham Everyman, Plymouth Theatre Royal and Salisbury Playhouse have been invited to apply.
In 2015, venues in Yorkshire will be invited to apply. It is currently planned that this will be followed by the North East and North West, East and West Midlands and finally East and South East.
Although the award can be used for anything from capital works to sponsoring a touring production, it must be used for a specific purpose and may not be added to the theatre’s general funds. In making their decision, the Clothworkers’ Foundation Trustees will take into account the applicant’s achievements (with greater emphasis on the more recent) as well as the strength of the project proposal.
The first winner will be announced at the UK Theatre Awards ceremony at the City of London’s Guildhall on Sunday, October 19.
The following theatres are currently eligible for the Clothworkers’ Foundation Theatre Award in future years:
2015 – Yorkshire
Sheffield Theatres Trust – Crucible Theatre
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Hull Truck Theatre Co.
Scarborough Stephen Joseph Theatre
York Theatre Royal
2016 – North East & North West
Liverpool & Merseyside Theatres Trust
Manchester, Royal Exchange Theatre
Bolton Octagon Theatre
Keswick Theatre by the Lake
Library Theatre Company
Oldham Coliseum Theatre
2017 – East Midlands & West Midlands
Northampton Theatres Trust
Nottingham Roundabout Theatre
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Coventry Belgrade Theatre
Newcastle Under Lyme New Vic Theatre
2018 – East & South East
Colchester Mercury Theatre
Hornchurch Queens Theatre
Ipswich New Wolsey Theatre Company
Watford Palace Theatre
Chichester Festival Theatre
Southampton Nuffield Theatre
Newbury Watermill Theatre