Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Donates £150,000 to Fund Royal Court's Program for Emerging Playwrights

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23 Feb 2012

Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
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The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation will donate £150,00 over two years to help fund the Royal Court Theatre's Studio program, which aims to seek out, nurture and support emerging playwrights, including their "Unheard Voices" project, which aims to find and develop plays from minority communities who are underrepresented in the theatre.

According to press materials, it is an important priority of the foundation to enable opportunities for talented individuals who might not otherwise be able to realize their creative potential. During and after the studio's writing programs, the participants are nurtured by the professionals within the Royal Court and encouraged to keep in contact. 

Playwrights who began their careers at the Studio include Bola Agbaje, Alia Bano, Rachel De-lahay, Lucy Prebble, DC Moore, Anya Reiss, Polly Stenham, Simon Stephens, Laura Wade and Michael Wynne.

In a press statement, the Royal Court's artistic director Dominic Cooke commented, "The Studio is absolutely integral to the Royal Court and the work that has come out of it in recent years has been extraordinary. Writing can be a solitary profession, so the value of the Studio groups in which writers, their characters and their ideas, can grow is hugely important. I'm delighted that the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation shares our commitment and their generous investment in the programme will help a whole new generation of writers flourish."

Madeleine Lloyd Webber, trustee for the Foundation, added, "The work the Royal Court undertakes with young writers, many of whom are from minority communities, is of great value.  Without the Royal Court’s support in finding new writers, many of the most impacting and internationally recognised plays would not exist.   I'm therefore incredibly pleased that we are providing funding to help sustain the Royal Court’s Studio which makes a significant contribution to new writers."