Archive for August 24th, 2010

London Theatre Festival 2012

24th August 2010 by Maura McHugh

According to The Stage eight of London’s leading theatrical venues are uniting to create a £3 million city-wide theatre festival for 2012, celebrating the multicultural nature of the capital in its Olympic year.

The venues involved are: the Royal Court, Battersea Arts Centre, Young Vic, the National Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Lyric Hammersmith, Somerset House and Sadler’s Wells, and collectively it is being termed World Stages London.

The initiative, featuring new works based on traditional global stories, has received £67,375 of seed funding from Arts Council England and is being overseen by Young Vic artistic director David Lan and arts consultant Nicola Thorold.

Lan said the consortium would produce around five pieces of work that the venues might not be able to create independently.

“If we work together, it’s possible we will be able to produce something which in other circumstances we would not be able to,” he told The Stage. “We are looking at new ways of working and collaborating, and we hope to find new sources of finance, because of the way we are working to put this world-class group of theatres in a position to produce work-class work.”

He added that the consortium wanted to find a way of “expressing the complexity” of London in terms of its diversity.