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Arts Council: free theatre tickets for young people
The Arts Council England is offering free theatre tickets to young people in an attempt to encourage a new generation of theatregoers. It’s a commendable plan.
The scheme, entitled ‘A Night Less Ordinary’, was launched in February. It offers around 500,000 free theatre tickets, at over 200 venues across England, to people aged between 15 and 25. As actor Rupert Penry-Jones, a patron of the scheme, explains in a video on the ANLO website: “Most people need to be introduced to theatre. It’s not something that’s an obvious choice for young people to do as a night out because it’s so expensive. This whole idea of free tickets is invaluable”.
It’s a fantastic idea. Expensive theatre tickets are beyond the means of many young people, particularly in times of recession, and any attempt to make the nation’s theatres more accessible to younger generations must surely be applauded.