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Abbey Theatre Funding Frozen Over Drop In Irish Productions


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The Arts Council has frozen €300,000 in funding for The Abbey Theatre.

It follows concerns the national theatre has been buying in more productions from abroad.

Irish theatre makers say that has resulted in a big drop in opportunities for them.

A letter detailing a range of issues has been signed by hundreds of people, including big-name actors.

Aidan Gillen, Ruth Negga and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor are among those to add their signatures.

The Arts Council has told The Abbey Theatre its funding will be restored once it improves employment opportunities for Irish-based artists.

The theatre says it's taking the concerns "very seriously".


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