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Cheshire Rural Touring Arts

Welcome to the CRTA website.

Our autumn 2014 brochure has gone to print and will be released in August. Click HERE for a copy of the new 2014 brochure

Information for all the shows this season can be found on the What's On page and booking information can be found on the venue booking page

You can also request to be sent a brochure in the post. Please contact the rural arts officers, via the contact page, for any further information on the CRTA or to go on the mailing list. We hope you will join us at an event soon.


Cheshire Rural Touring Arts in partnership with its sister scheme in Lancashire, has secured a further three years of funding from Arts Council England of £262,194.
The Cheshire organisation brings professional theatre, music and comedy to village halls and is supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire East Council.
The funding from 2016 means that Cheshire Rural Touring Arts can operate for a further three years and bring a professional programme of events to over 60 villages, in partnership with volunteer promoters, who help manage, programme and promote the events.
Two seasons are promoted each year involving 130 volunteer promoters with approximately 46 different companies and bands booked each year. Around 47 percent of the performances are new writing and 50 percent of the events are a programme of theatre and dance.
They play to audiences of 4,500 people who rate the work as good or excellent.
Cheshire West and Chester Councillor Stuart Parker, Executive Member for Culture and Economy, said: "Cheshire Rural Touring Arts has a rich pool of promoters who love the challenge of promoting high quality performances that people otherwise would need to travel to Manchester or Liverpool to see. This is great entertainment on rural doorsteps.
“Over the years it has helped bring communities together and also visitors attracted by the first class entertainment on offer.
“I congratulate Cheshire Rural Touring Arts on their fantastic funding achievement which shows their excellence in bringing great performances to the heart of village life.”
Added Claire Smith from Cheshire Rural Touring Arts: “We feel privileged to be chosen to be part of the Art Council’s portfolio for a further three years."

About Us

Cheshire Rural Touring Arts (CRTA) is a network of villages across the Cheshire region who enjoy the challenge and excitement of choosing and staging high quality arts and entertainment events in their local village halls and community centres, as well as organising participatory arts events. The CRTA runs 2 seasons of performance in spring and autumn each year.

Companies on CRTA are selected from all over the UK and abroad and deliver high quality theatre, dance, music and live literature performances.

CRTA is one of 36 similar rural touring schemes operating nationally, all affiliated to the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF). CRTA is funded and supported by the Arts Council England, Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire East Council. For more information on the work of these organisations please find them on the links page.

Please see the booking page of the website for ticket booking information

Have you been to see a show? Would you like to leave some feedback on what you saw? If so please fill in an audience survey form by clicking here. Audience survey forms help us find out what audiences like and help us gather data to secure future funding. You can return the form to us via email or post at the addresses on the 'contact us' page. Your help is much appreciated

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