Southampton City Council with the Nuffield Theatre

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Southampton City Council

With more than 9,000 staff, Southampton City Council is a unitary authority, supporting cultural activity by operating the Southampton City Art Gallery - with an internationally renowned collection of more than 3,500 works of art - and several museums around the city.

Sea City Heritage Museum is coming soon and will tell the maritime story of Southampton and the City Council is also one of the partners creating a new arts complex in the heart of the city’s cultural quarter.

The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton’s creative partner

The Nuffield is delighted to be working with the ZEPA partnership to deliver a programme of outdoor work on behalf of Southampton City Council. This is part of their extensive work as part of Southampton’s new arts complex to develop audiences in Southampton, and it plays an important role in the development of Southampton’s Cultural Quarter.

The Nuffield Theatre, situated on the University of Southampton’s campus, is one of the South’s leading producing theatres. Over the last forty years The Nuffield has come to be recognised in England and abroad as a major force in British Theatre.

Today, The Nuffield - led by its Artistic Director, Patrick Sandford and Executive Director, Kate Anderson - creates award-winning productions that tour nationally and sometimes internationally. The theatre also plays host to the world’s best national and international touring companies and regularly attracts some of the country’s most gifted and well-regarded actors.

The Nuffield has become a vital artistic resource for Southampton and the surrounding area, and invests in developing new artists and productions and provides a full and varied educational and participatory programme. The Nuffield also runs a highly acclaimed writers’ group for aspiring playwrights and is home to Hampshire Youth Theatre.

In 2007 the Company won a tender to run a programme of theatre, dance, music, cabaret and comedy in two theatres in Southampton’s new arts complex, due to open in 2014 in the Guildhall Square in Southampton. This marks a significant expansion for the Company which will also continue to operate its existing theatre as a producing house.