Curtain up on ambitious Quay Arts plans

By Richard Wright

Thursday, June 19, 2014

 

Curtain up on ambitious Quay Arts plans

Performers from the Globe Theatre touring production of Much Ado About Nothing at a mainland performance.

IT WAS opening night for a Globe Theatre touring production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on the lawns of Osborne House yesterday evening (Wednesday) — marking the start of an ambitious Quay Arts programme.

The experiment in bringing prestigious companies to the Island, linking with English Heritage, was well received — and Quay Arts has promised more to follow.

Saturday night's performance is all but sold out, but organisers said there were tickets for Friday night and Saturday’s 2.30pm performance.

Quay trustees chairman Mike Fisher said: "Our aim is to bring quality arts to the Island and raise money to sustain Quay Arts at the same time.

"Income from our highly successful cafe and Arts Council funding no longer sustains us and we are forced to dip into reserves, so we need to do more to succeed."

Tickets are available on-line from Quay Arts box office, Red Funnel and the Isle of Wight County Press shop in Pyle Street.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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