Since the National Lottery began in 1995 the RSC has received National Lottery funding for several of its’ projects, but by far the greatest was the £58 million grant made to Redevelop the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford on Avon in 2004.
The project was designed to bring actors and audiences closer together and took four years to complete. The results include a brand new 1,000 seat auditorium, new exhibition spaces, more places to eat and drink, restored 1930s features and improved open areas that everyone, regardless of whether they are going to the theatre, can use. The work meant that the world’s greatest play write finally had a world class stage!
In more recent years the RSC has received funding to bring The World Shakespeare Festival as part of the celebrations for London 2012. With thousands of artists from around the world taking part in almost 70 productions, plus supporting events and exhibitions, right across the UK, including London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Newcastle/Gateshead, Birmingham, Wales, Scotland and online, the festival was the biggest celebration of Shakespeare ever staged, and it was made possible with the assistance of the National Lottery.
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