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This new film from Arts Council England (ACE) shows how public investment in the arts makes lives richer, brings communities together and drives economic growth across the country, for 0.05% of Government spending.
At the RSC we receive around £16m a year in public money for our work, generating the remaining two thirds of our income from box office, fundraising and commercial activities.
It's our job to give people the best possible experience of live theatre and Shakespeare. Public support has played a huge role in helping us to welcome more than a million visitors to our Stratford-upon-Avon home each year. It also allows us to tour to audiences in London, Newcastle upon Tyne and around the UK.
We want every young person to have a great first encounter with Shakespeare. Public and philanthropic funding enables us to work directly with more than 3,000 teachers each year and reach more than 330,000 children through our Learning and Performance Network.
And we want to celebrate theatre-making in all its forms. We have trained generations of theatre makers in Shakespeare's home town. Through our Open Stages programme, we champion amateur theatre making all over the UK, with more than 260 amateur theatre groups, nine regional theatre partners and the Voluntary Arts Network.
We are very grateful to Arts Council England for their investment in the Company – it helps us share our work widely, reaching audiences right across the UK, and working collaboratively with artists and theatre companies throughout the country.
Other organisations nearby who are also funded by ACE include Warwick Arts Centre and Coventry's Belgrade Theatre.
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