Arena Theatre at the University of Wolverhampton has been awarded £50,000 as part of the government’s £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF).

The venue is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. The £257million investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme, which is being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.   

Commenting, Arena Theatre's artistic director, Neil Reading, said: “We are excited to receive this crucial investment, which will allow us to tackle the unique situation the industry finds itself in at this time. We will be installing state-of-the-art equipment into the Arena, which will allow us to return to serving our diverse audiences across the Black Country and beyond, as well as our community at the University of Wolverhampton. We will endeavour to use this funding to continue our work making theatre accessible to all, and to support the breadth of creative talent in the region who are still in vital need of assistance and support."