Prince Edward given new patronage as he shares ‘exciting’ announcement

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Prince Edward has gained a new role very close to his heart. The Earl of Wessex became today the new patron of Reading Rep Theatre, a leading theatre and cultural hub in Berkshire. As Buckingham Palace shared the exciting news, the late Queen’s youngest son said: “Reading Rep is rapidly becoming an essential part of the arts scene in Reading for three really good reasons.

“It is creating pathways to the performing arts for young people, regardless of background; it is introducing new audiences to the performing arts through its outreach and access activities; and it is a space providing an alternative venue for creative and production talents to hone their skills.

“I look forward to helping with reinforcing this theatre’s inspiring work in the local community and to supporting its future endeavours.” 

Edward was welcomed in his new role by Paul Stacey, Founding Artistic Director of Reading Rep.

Commenting the announcement, Mr Stacey said: “It is a huge privilege to welcome HRH The Earl of Wessex as Reading Rep Theatre’s Royal Patron. 

“His Royal Highness has shown incredible support for arts and culture and his recognition and support of Reading Rep and the work we do both on stage and in the community, is humbling.

“We are excited to work with HRH in forwarding our shared goals and aspirations for art and culture in Reading.”

Reading Rep is a community-led theatre running a year-round programme of workshops supporting people of all ages.

It also puts on stage high-quality productions and, through its outreach programme called ENGAGE, it provides access to the arts for Reading’s most vulnerable communities. 

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