As of 1 August, the Council has taken the positive step of managing the day-to-day responsibility for the theatre in a partnership with the College. It is expected that this arrangement will remain in place until next spring when a new Trust will be formed to manage the venue.
Councillor Liam Smith, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, says: “We are really confident that by introducing new ways of working at this popular theatre we will be able to broaden its appeal and create new local audiences, as well as provide even better value for money in these tough times.
“We plan to open our new season on 20th September with five new premieres, and a specially commissioned pantomime, produced by Barking-based Arc Theatre, in association with the College.
“The working relationship with the College, which has a base at the theatre, is truly excellent as it gives us the opportunity to create some great work experience and educational opportunities for their learners.”
College Principal Cathy Walsh is pleased to support the new partnership approach. She comments: “This new and constructive way of working is challenging us to take a more robust and innovative approach to integrating learning experiences into the creative management of a venue. As a result, we are helping redefine a new model for the running of the theatre.
“The College has the breadth of experience in its staff to support and contribute to the professional work seen at the venue, which we feel will really add value to the Broadway experience.”
Fully confirmed details of the Broadway’s new season will be announced shortly.