Hugh Bonneville - Stars Praise George Osborne's Theatre Tax Break

Stage stars including Hugh Bonneville, Simon Callow and David Suchet have praised U.K. chancellor George Osborne for announcing a tax break for British theatre companies.

In a letter published in Britain's The Times newspaper, the group of actors welcomed the news that a creative sector tax credit regime has been extended to include regional and touring theatre companies.

The letter reads, "This is a powerful encouragement to the creative sector, stimulating jobs, live performances, cultural export, and more public encouragement in the arts across the whole country. British theatre leads the world. We have some of the finest writers, directors, designers, actors, dancers, singers and technicians, and we must guarantee this pre-eminence for future generations."

Announcing the government's budget plans last week (ends23Mar14), Osborne revealed touring theatre companies will get a 25 per cent tax break while other qualifying companies will be handed a 20 per cent tax reduction in an effort to keep the British theatre industry thriving.


Contactmusic

Tags: Hugh Bonneville - Simon Callow - David Suchet

Advertisement

More Hugh Bonneville

Culture Secretary Embraces US Takeover of UK Production Companies

The culture secretary Sajid Javid has described US takeover of UK production companies as "no bad thing" and a "massive vote of confidence" for the...

"Downton Abbey" Cast Use Water Bottle-Gate To Raise Awareness For Charity

You’d think that a minor promotional mishap with a successful TV show would take a back seat to, you know, everything else that’s going on...

Downton Abbey Promo Shot Blasted By The Historical Accuracy Police Online

We’re preeetty sure they didn’t have plastic bottles back in the 1920s, but a recent Downton Abbey promo shot would beg to differ. With Downton’s...

Downton Abbey Makes Amusing Mistake in New Promotional Images

The picture, which depicts Lord Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville) and daughter Edith (Laura Carmichael) standing in one of their impressive stately rooms, features an unexpected...

Advertisement

Paddington Bear Makes Debut In Funny New Trailer…Minus His Voice

Missing the lead actor in your movie four months before its release? No problem! As was evidently thought by director Paul King and the makers...

Paddington Trailer

Paddington is a young Peruvian bear who has always held a curiosity for the city of London. After his equally adventurous Aunt Lucy's home is...

'W1A' Is A BBC Mockumentary, Without the Mocking

As Sarah Parish appeared on the One Show on Wednesday ahead of new comedy 'W1A's' debut episode, there was much to be made about how...

He's Almost Here! New 'Paddington' Trailer Teases Arrival Of The Marmalade-Loving Bear [Trailer + Pictures]

A teaser trailer has been released to promote this year's upcoming Paddington movie, based on Michael Bond's much-loved children's books and the animated television shows....

Advertisement

Comments

Hugh Bonneville Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Hugh Bonneville

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All