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Angela Mitchell

'Slumdog' Director Leads Call to Save Regional Theatre

By November 16, 2012

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It's not easy running a regional or community theatre, no matter which side of the pond you're on. Especially when those arts cuts just keep on building.

Now acclaimed theatre and film director Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire, and the Cumberbatch/Miller theatrical hit Frankenstein) is leading a very public movement of artistic directors from regional theatres across the United Kingdom to, in essence, save British regional theatre in its current form as further cuts to funding loom on the horizon.

Joining Boyle in his call for action is Nicholas Hytner, artistic director of the National Theatre, along with the leaders of several other leading UK theatres including the Bristol Old Vic, the Chichester Festival Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, the Northern Stage, West Yorkshire Playhouse and many more. The theatre leaders are vocally protesting the newest round of cuts proposed by UK government in theatre and the arts on the local and regional level -- right where it will gut the local arts and theatre scenes most.

It's a situation we here in the States know all too well, as several of our states continue to not only slash arts funding, but do away with statewide arts commissions altogether.

Pictured: Danny Boyle directing the film Millions. Fox Searchlight

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