Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced that he will donate £3.5 million to Arts Educational Schools (ArtsEd).
The money will be used for refurbishment, new facilities and on developing the main theatre, costume department and disability access…
If you were given an infinite budget – unlikely, but we can imagine – what would you spend it on?
A brand new black box studio?
Lessons from world-renowned practitioners?
A cupboard full of new costumes?
Do you think there could be a danger of losing the educational essence of drama if there are too many bells and whistles?
Let us know what you think…..
It has been announced that schools in the UK and Ireland will be allowed to perform Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End favourites, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, for the first time.
The Really Useful Group has marked the event as, ‘significant’. Licenses have previously been granted to perform Lloyd Webber’s work in the US, and following that success they are now planning to roll out the plays to the worldwide market. Chairman Mark Wordsworth said: ‘They are complicated shows, but the experience that we’ve had in America is that the schools are absolutely up for the challenge.’
There are plans to release more of Lloyd Webber’s titles for amateur use. Whistle Down the Wind and Starlight Express are among the titles listed.
In relation to the announcement, Lloyd Webber said: ‘Such is the extraordinary growth of interest in musicals at grass root level all over the world, plus the astonishing capabilities of our younger performers, that now schools, colleges and amateur societies put on productions that give professionals a huge run for their money.’
For further information, contact The Really Useful Group licensing department www.reallyuseful.com/putonashow