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Arts Council England award £200,000 to Music Theatre Wales for English tour

  • Date: 19 July 2012
  • Area: Midlands

Arts Council England has awarded a £200,000 National Lottery grant to Music Theatre Wales (MTW) for a tour of England later this year and into 2013.

The tour starts this September and runs until November 2013.  Locations include:

London, Cambridge, Basingstoke, Oxford, Manchester, Buxton, Leeds and Huddersfield.

Carole Strachan, Music Theatre Wales' Executive Director, said they plan 16 performances in England at seven venues.

This will include world premieres of two commissioned operas, a UK premiere of a major international opera and a revival of their award-winning production of Greek, by Mark-Anthony Turnage which is based on a play by Stephen Berkoff.

For the tour they are working in partnership with Opera North, the Buxton Festival, Oxford Playhouse and Scottish Opera.

Carole Strachan added: "We are grateful for this Arts Council grant. Our ambitious programme for 2012 and 2013 will extend our capacity to deliver something unique to the cultural life of England.

"We will deliver an exceptional programme, covering a wider range of new work within a two-year period than ever before."

Jonathan Mayes, Relationship Manager (Music) with Arts Council England, West Midlands, comments: "Music Theatre Wales is the only company to tour contemporary opera on a regular basis in England, and is the UK's forerunner in this type of repertoire. 

"Their artistic track record is strong and the partnerships they have fostered for these productions show a thriving company with an innovative approach to staging new work."

MTW was established in 1988 and since then have broken new ground in opera with nearly 30 productions and presenting 14 world premieres.

For more information about MTW and their tour of England visit their website