Free theatre tickets for Coventry

Tickets are available for The Snow Queen at Warwick Arts Centre
by Ben Glass
February 23, 2009

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FREE theatre tickets are up for grabs at The Belgrade and Warwick Arts Centre.

Both theatres are giving away £30,000-worth of tickets to people under 26.

The £2.5million scheme will provide 618,000 free theatre tickets at 200 venues across England through Arts Council England and The Metro.

The aim of A Night Less Ordinary is to boost the numbers of young people visiting the theatre.

Geoffrey Robinson MP for Coventry North West said: "I am really proud that the Belgrade Theatre and the Warwick Arts Centre have signed up to this scheme.

"The Government got rid of charges at museums and galleries and now they are committed to ensuring that young people have the chance to go to the theatre for free."

Belgrade artistic director Hamish Glen said: “We welcome the chance to be part of this scheme as, although we’ve tried hard to make theatre as accessible as possible, there are certain groups of people who just aren’t in the habit of coming to the theatre and one of the best ways of starting to create that habit is to offer them the chance to try it for nothing.

"Live theatre can have huge effects on people’s lives and we all hope that this scheme will offer Under 26s the chance to find that out for themselves when they attend for their first theatre experience."

Warwick Arts Centre’s director Alan Rivett said: "Warwick Arts Centre wholeheartedly supports this new initiative by the Arts Council as it supports our key belief that the arts should be accessible to all.

"We already support lots of projects that encourage young people to participate, experience and enjoy the arts and this is another strand that will help under 26s develop a love of theatre."

Free tickets are available for the following shows:

The Belgrade: Sunshine on Leith (24 - 28 February), Little Shop of Horrors (2 - 5 March), For King and Country (10 - 14 March), Tough Time, Nice Time (18 - 21 March), Another Paradise (31 March - 4 April)

Warwick Arts Centre The End of Everything (24 February), Future Me (25 – 16 February), Don John (24 – 28 February), Song of Songs (27 – 28 February), The Convict’s Opera (3 –7 March), The Overcoat (10-12 March), The Snowqueen (11-14 April)

To find out more visit The Belgrade here or Warwick Arts Centre here.
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