Free Theatre Tickets For Young Adults In New Initiative

by | 23 September 2008

A new government-funded scheme will offer free tickets to young adults for shows at up to 95 publicly-funded theatres, it has been announced.

Eighteen- to 26-year-olds will be able to take advantage of free tickets - available on a first-come, first-served basis - from 2009 until 2011.

Cut-price visions to esteemed theatres such as London's National and the Birmingham Rep will be on offer as part of the scheme, which follows a government report which recommended increasing young people's access to the arts.

According to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said the free theatre scheme had been developed with the theatres involved as part of a "a long-term and sustainable opportunity to engage young people and build a new audience over a period of time".

"Arts and culture have the ability to enhance and change people's lives," a spokeswoman explained.

"Government is committed to increasing access to the arts for everyone.

"Free theatre follows on from free access to museums and, more recently, free swimming."

The move follows the opening of Kenneth Branagh's warmly-received Ivanov, part of the Donmar Warehouse's year-long residency at the Wyndham's theatre, which offers low-priced tickets for all performances.

In July this year, Doctor Who actress Catherine Tate argued that expensive theatre tickets made the art form "elitist".

"If you want more people to come to the theatre, don't put the prices at £50," she told the BBC before starring in Under The Blue Sky.

23/09/2008 08:52:30


Tags: Kenneth Branagh - Catherine Tate - Doctor Who


More Kenneth Branagh

Disney Reveal 'Cinderella' Live Action Reimagining: How Dark Will It Be? [Trailer]

Disney has revealed the first teaser trailer for the upcoming live action reimagining of the classic fairytale, Cinderella. Starring Lily James in the titular role,...

Cinderella Trailer

Everyone is familiar with the classic fairy tale of Cinderella. Cinderella lives a mundane life doing whatever her evil step-mothers tell her to do, and...

'Wallander' Author Henning Mankell Reveals Advanced Stage Cancer

Henning Mankell has announced that he has cancer via an article in today's Göteborgs-Posten, a Swedish newspaper. The Swedish author, who is famous for his...

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Movie Review

There's nothing very original in this spy thriller, but director Branagh gives the film a weighty sense of importance that at least makes it feel...


Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Is A "Muffled" Reboot Of Tom Clancy's CIA Hero, Say Critics

As Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit prepares for release worldwide, the critics' reviews have been formed and filed and could determine whether many see the film...

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - International Trailer Trailer

Jack Ryan is a young office worker at CIA headquarters whose life turns upside down when his cosy desk job turns into a major physical...

Chris Pine & Keira Knightley Head Star-Studded Cast In New Jack Ryan Film: Shadow Recruit [Trailer]

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is the fifth Jack Ryan film to be released since Tom Clancy's fictional CIA badass first made the leap to the...

Jack Ryan's Origins Explored In Adaptation of Tom Clancy's 'Shadow Recruit' [Trailer + Pictures]

The trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has been released; the first film in the series to bear simply the name of the character that...



Kenneth Branagh Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Kenneth Branagh

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All