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Playbox Theatre's Dream Factory Receives Major Funding


The Dream Factory, a state-of-the-art complex for young people, to forge the next generation of artists

Playbox Theatre receives Arts Council England National Lottery funding and support from RUCIS to develop unique arts base for the young

New season announced

Playbox Theatre in 2019 enters its 33rd year of working for and with children and young people. Today we announce the beginning of our implementation of the Futures Project as we receive an investment from Arts Council of England of £75,429 together with £29,406 from Warwick District Council RUCIS fund. The £104,835 investment enables Playbox Theatre to develop The Dream Factory in Warwick to create unrivalled facilities for the arts with young people.

Over the next few months Playbox Theatre will implement the plan to introduce:

  • A new training studio

  • Expanded digital training and cross-artform digital inclusion

  • Extensive Front of House redesign and development including areas of relocation, meeting, café facilities, digital signage and improved IT support

A full Technical infrastructure update to our lighting, sound and communication systems to bring our auditoria to state-of-the-art capability for creation of work.

Mary King, Founder & Executive Director of Playbox Theatre said today, “This is the best possible start to the New Year. The Futures project is core to our ensuring that the work of the company continues to serve the community of young people in the years to come. With the new studios, upgraded facilities and technical support we will be able to develop exceptional programmes embracing the arts with new programmes coming later in the year. We thank the Arts Council England National Lottery fund, and the huge support we receive from Warwick District Council RUCIS fund and our own fundraising body, the Friends of Playbox.

Emily Jane Quash, Artistic Director, said today, “We now have the wonderful opportunity to upgrade the unique building that is 'The Dream Factory'; refreshing spaces that are now 20 years old, replacing our lighting and technical equipment so that our young people can enjoy a truly 'state-of-the-art' theatre complex and creating a further multi-purpose studio, which will have full digital and multimedia capabilities.

The support of ACE and WDC comes at a pivotal time for Playbox...the company is now in its 33rd year, and is about to celebrate the 20th birthday of The Dream Factory. We are delighted that this funding decision demonstrates a belief in the work of our company, and highlights the value of investing in young people and the arts. We cannot wait to start work!”

Stewart McGill, Consultant Director, said today, “This wonderful news brings our complex right up to the minute and serves the new generation as the building has done since we opened The Dream Factory in 1999. Whilst being a wonderful affirmation of our work over the years it also makes us more than ever determined to provide every child with access to arts participation in the region. The decline of arts education across schools is tragic and I hope we can play our part in ensuring that young people have every opportunity to engage with their ideas as artists.”

Playbox Theatre anticipate that The Dream Factory will be completed by May 2019 and will remain open throughout the development work.


As Playbox Theatre celebrate the news, the new Spring/Summer 2019 season is released.


A night where everyone is a star in our firmament!

Opens 21st Feb 2019

Shakespeare Festival in Warwick


Shakespeare Young Company and Playbox Theatre co-produce two compelling Shakespeares in repertoire.

Opens 10th April 2019

Young Production Company


Roald Dahl’s ‘always delightful’ story staged by our dynamic Young Production Company.

Opens 6th June 2019

Playbox Theatre proudly presents a summer circus theatre spectacle...


From the book by Jacqueline Wilson

From the streets of Victorian England to the starlight roof of the big top. A thrilling and memorable show for all ages.

Opens 28th June 2019


  • Playbox Professionals take over the theatre in the Spring.

  • As the clock strikes 12 on Midsummer’s Night, we launch MYTHOS, a world of Greek drama, myth, story, legend and culture.

  • SYC go underground somewhere secret for NOCTURNES!

Interviews with Mary King, Emily Quash and Stewart McGill are available. Photographs of recent Playbox Theatre productions. Photographs of The Dream Factory, Warwick. Contact Nikki Cross at

About Playbox Theatre

Playbox Theatre is a professional creative organisation developing theatre for and with young people. Based at its own custom-designed complex in Warwick, it aims to develop the skills talent and confidence of young people in the performance arts through exciting and innovative methods.

Founded in 1986 Playbox serves young artists and audiences across the Warwickshire and West Midlands regions with training and performance studios supporting its main creative base. Playbox Theatre places at its heart young people as artists and audience.

The Dream Factory is a creative collaboration between Playbox Theatre, Glenn Howells Architects and Sceno-Plus (Montreal). It stands on land provided by Warwickshire County Council.

Playbox Theatre is a key client of Warwick District Council, providing artistic quality and experience for young people in the region.

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