Sir George went to the Haymarket Theatre in Basingstoke to lend his support for the campaign to put the Theatre on a sound financial footing.
"Many of my constituents go to the Haymarket, and enjoy high quality drama at an affordable price, in a warm and welcoming environment - and without having to go to London. I saw an excellent production of the Mikado there recently and hope to go again soon."
"I was dismayed to hear that the Arts Council South East propose to withdraw their support - just as the Theatre has come forward with a strategy to build on its strengths. Maria Miller, MP for Basingstoke, will be visiting them next week and will take the lead on any parliamentary initiative. She will have my whole-hearted support."