Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lloyd Webber's [Pounds Sterling]1m Mission to Save Arts

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lloyd Webber's [Pounds Sterling]1m Mission to Save Arts

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Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER today tried to plug the funding gaps in the arts by handing out [pounds sterling]1 million to nurture the stars of the future.

A string of new donations by the impresario includes 10 scholarships for young performers to attend music and drama colleges.

In addition the Weekend Arts College in Belsize Park, which helped train performers including actress Sophie Okonedo, is to get three years' cash to fund tutors after losing its Arts Council grant.

A young theatre programme run by Rada is also a beneficiary while the Theatre Royal Stratford East gets support to develop new musicals. David Grindrod, who has cast all Lord Lloyd-Webber's shows for 20 years and worked with him on TV, said: "It's nice to be able to open doors. Hopefully we can work hand-in-hand with government funding to see [the arts] through a difficult patch."

The Bush Theatre gets a one-off grant to help it turn the old Shepherd's Bush public library into a new home. …

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