Funding boost for company

Rumpelstiltskin by the Northumberland Theatre Company
Rumpelstiltskin by the Northumberland Theatre Company

A renowned theatre company, which is set to embark on its latest festive tour, has been handed an early Christmas present – thanks to the generosity of the Alnwick community.

The season of goodwill is in full swing for Northumberland Theatre Company (NTC) after local traders and individuals rallied round to raise £1,200.

The vital cash boost will go towards the cost of the six school performances that the Alnwick Playhouse-based group puts on each year.

NTC chairman Bryan Ellis said that the company was grateful to the community for its support and said that each contributor will be included on the programme of the group’s next production, Rumpelstiltskin. Those who supported the cause will also display the show’s poster.

Bryan told the Gazette: “This is a wonderful effort from the people of Alnwick. It is a tremendous contribution and one that is very much appreciated by the company.

“I don’t think NTC realised just how much affection the company is held in.

“We put on six school shows per year, but we only receive £250 of funding from the Arts Council for each performance, which means we make a loss of £500 a performance.

“I recently went round the town asking businesses and individuals for their financial support and we have managed to raise £1,200 to support these school performances. It is terrific.”

Rumpelstiltskin will be performed at Alnwick Playhouse on Thursday, December 4, at 7.30pm.

During the tour, which runs until January 25, NTC will go to venues including Kielder Community Centre (December 9), Etal Village Hall (December 10) and Bamburgh Pavilion (January 8). All three start at 7pm.