Emily Thornberry Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury
Both the Almeida Theatre and Sadlers Wells will be hit by serious cuts to their funding -; with the Almeida Theatre losing over £865,000 by 2015 in a 39% real terms cut.
The Arts Council’s budget was slashed by over £100 million in October in the Tory Lib-Dem Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review.
Emily said: “The Tory-Lib Dem Government is wrong to choose to pay back the deficit in this reckless fashion. Their cuts go too far and too fast -; and the Almeida is the latest in a long line of needless victims. The Almeida is a theatre of world renown and Islington is rightly proud of it.”
To find out more you can read the BBC coverage at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12892473
And the Evening Standard has covered the story at http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23936708-arts-groups-learn-funding-fate.do