English Nationwide Opera may transfer to Manchester as arts funding is diverted away from London

English National Opera could move to Manchester as arts funding is diverted away from London

English National Opera could be moving from London to Manchester amid a major upheaval in arts funding across the country.

The renowned national institution said it was considering moving its headquarters to the city as the Arts Council England (ACE) diverts funding away from the capital.

The registered charity today announced a new three-year funding scheme that aims to move millions of pounds from London to other parts of England.

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While some institutions such as the Donmar Warehouse Theater and the Royal Opera House will reduce their grants, English National Opera (ENO) has been dropped entirely from the ACE’s portfolio.

Instead, the company will receive a £17million grant over three years to develop a “new business model”. In a statement on their website today, the ENO announced they are considering Manchester as a potential new home.

It said: “Today’s announcement marks the beginning of a new chapter for English National Opera (ENO). Over the past four years, the ENO has reconsidered what a modern opera house should look like in order to build new audiences and reach beyond London.

Actors from the English National Opera (ENO) production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard(Image: PA)