Drama Online to partner with award-winning audio drama company LA Theatre Works

Drama Online, an award-winning study resource originally created by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc and Faber and Faber, has announced its partnership with LA Theatre Works. The non-profit organisation features audio content as performed by the likes of Hilary Swank, Alfred Molina and Mark Ruffalo and boasts a worldwide audience through international broadcasters: the BBC, Voice of America and Radio Beijing among them.
The partnership comes with the promise that Drama Online users around the world will now have access to audio productions from LA Theatre Works, which features audio versions of 350 classic and contemporary plays, from The Crucible to The Importance of Being Earnest, all available for institutional purchase or subscription through Drama Online.
Jenny Ridout, Editorial Director for Drama Online at Bloomsbury, said of the partnership: ‘LA Theatre Works provides an unrivalled collection of audio recordings of key canonical and contemporary works by leading playwrights performed by prominent actors. It adds real depth and dynamism to the resource. We are delighted to be working with such a high quality content partner, especially one that is so focused on educational needs.’

LA Theatre Works cover of bestseller The Crucible

LA Theatre Works cover of bestseller The Crucible

‘This is an exciting new stage of our reach and growth,’ added Susan Albert Loewenberg, Founder and Producing Director of LA Theatre Works, ‘We continue to increase our global accessibility through this partnership. Our mission is to create superb performances of great dramatic literature, and what better place to make these titles available than through Drama Online?’
Already a source of over 1200 play texts from Methuen Drama, Arden Shakespeare and Faber, 700 images from the Victoria and Albert Museum and American Shakespeare Centre, and a growing list of scholarly works, users of Drama Online will now also benefit from video content, coming later in the year.

ACE faces further cuts of over £11million

George Osborne's Autumn Statement leaves ACE reeling from further cuts

George Osborne’s Autumn Statement leaves ACE reeling from further cuts

Arts Council England (ACE) is to receive cuts of £11.6million by 2015, additional to the 30% cut to the organisation’s budget in 2010.

Chancellor George Osborne revealed in his Autumn Statement that cuts of 3% would be made to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) by 2015. DCMS has passed on the cuts to ACE:  2013/14 will see the council’s budget squeezed by £3.9 million and by £7.7million in 2014/15.

Due to the administrative cuts already faced by ACE, the organisation claims that it cannot downsize its services and team any further, meaning cuts have been passed onto the 696 bodies and National Portfolio funded by ACE.

Arts Council chief executive Alan Davey explained: ‘The government’s intention seems to have been that Whitehall departments absorb any cuts themselves from efficiencies but since the DCMS has already given itself a 50% administration cut – which was also applied to the Arts Council – the department’s latest cuts have been passed straight on to the bodies it funds.

‘We must now look closely at the figures and decide how we will pass these cuts on. Some organisations are also having to deal with local authority cuts and so the situation is extremely challenging.’

The cuts seem to have taken immediate effect, with organisations such as the British Museum, National Gallery and the V&A already having received letters confirming a reduction in their funding from the ACE. Further cuts are being anticipated after George Osborne announced a spending review covering the same spending period and beyond.