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Bank of America Merrill Lynch Becomes the Founding Corporate Partner for NT Future

Thursday, March 20, 2014 7:00 am EDT


"Our partnership with the National Theatre reflects both organisations’ focus on thinking for tomorrow by acting today, using the arts as a powerful facilitator"

Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the National Theatre today announced a multi-year partnership in support of NT Future, the National’s £80m redevelopment project which will transform the facilities the theatre offers audiences and artists, enhance its relationship with the environment and place education firmly at the heart of its mission.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s support of NT Future will include the creation of a revitalised green space overlooking the Thames for the benefit of visitors and the local community, and help achieve the National’s aim of a 25 percent reduction in CO2 output by 2015 through environmental improvements and efficiencies. The partnership will also support the NT’s Apprentices scheme, both financially and through workshops and mentoring.

“Our partnership with the National Theatre reflects both organisations’ focus on thinking for tomorrow by acting today, using the arts as a powerful facilitator,” said Andrea Sullivan, head of Corporate Responsibility for EMEA and Latin America at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “NT Future will strengthen the Theatre’s engagement with audiences and the local community and improve its economic and environmental sustainability, whilst our support of NT Apprentices will help provide the next generation with vital job skills. Additionally, the greening of the terrace will offer visitors a new way to connect with the beauty of the Thames. We are honoured to be NT Future’s lead corporate supporter.”

Lisa Burger, chief operating officer of the National and NT Future project director, commented, “We are delighted to welcome Bank of America Merrill Lynch as NT Future’s founding corporate partner, building on the very successful relationship established through the firm’s previous support of NT Connections. Their vision and commitment will enable us to achieve more of NT Future’s key ambition: to make our building and work as open, sustainable and stimulating as possible to an ever-growing audience.”


Notes to editors

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Corporate Responsibility
Developing solutions for social and environmental challenges is at the core of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s responsibility platform. In more than 100 markets around the world, we partner with employees, clients and stakeholders to help make financial lives better. The firm focuses on responsible business practices, environmental sustainability, advancing opportunity in local communities through education and employability programmes and investing in global leadership development. We realise the power of our people and value our differences, recognising that our diversity makes us a stronger firm and allows us to better service our stakeholders. By harnessing our intellectual resources, sharing knowledge and connecting capital with need, we are providing opportunities that effect positive change. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_News. 

NT Future
The National opened its doors on the South Bank in 1976. Since then there have been significant changes to the way we make, experience and learn through theatre. NT Future responds to these changes by opening up our building, allowing audiences closer engagement with the theatre, both on stage and behind the scenes. £75m has been raised towards the £80m target, thanks to the generosity of the Arts Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, individuals, trusts and foundations, and the National’s own earnings from War Horse, as well as an audience appeal. The project, designed by architects Haworth Tompkins, is scheduled for completion in 2015; the National Theatre remains open throughout the redevelopment.


Reporters May Contact:
Lucinda Morrison, National Theatre, +44 (0)20 7452 3232
Sonali Makanji, Weber Shandwick, +44 (0)20 7067 0349