I have just been appointed to serve as a Director of the Nuffield Theatre, representing Southampton City Council on its board. The theatre is supported by Southampton City Council, Hampshire County Council, the Arts Council and Southampton University.
Southampton University is perhaps unique in that it a theatre (Nuffield), an art gallery (John Hansard) and a concert hall (Turner Sims)
It's a fantastic theatre and I had backstage tour which was extremely interesting. The theatre does a great job; not only putting on some excellent productions but also providing training for young people embarking on a career in the theatre. Without local theatres such as the Nuffield providing that crucial training ground it is very unlikely that the West End would be the huge success that it is.