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Lyme Regis theatre now a 'real success story'

27th September 2012

The roof might leak when it rains and need around £90,000 spending on it but the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis is very much a success story, say its directors. Lyme Regis Town Council gives the theatre a £32,000 yearly grant for a three-year period, which runs out next year. Co-directors Tim Bell and Harry Long went to the council’s policy and strategy meeting last week to give an update on how the theatre’s business plan is shaping up and to reassure councillors the money is being spent well.

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'Keep arts at heart of curriculum' says Nicholas Serota

27th September 2012

The director of the Tate art galleries has urged the government to include the arts in the English Baccalaureate qualifications that will replace GCSEs. Sir Nicholas Serota warned the UK could lose its “leading edge in creativity”. Last week Education Secretary Michael Gove announced the English Baccalaureate, would be taught in schools in England from 2015.

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New Manchester Cornerhouse to be called Home

27th September 2012

Manchester’s £20m arts centre for the merged Cornerhouse cinema and Library Theatre, due to open in 2014 at First Street, will be called Home.

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Theatre institute opens student ideas contest

26th September 2012

[Applications are due 7 December] The United States Institute for Theatre Technology has opened an international student contest to design an ideal theatre.

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Perth Theatre transformation project gets £2m boost

25th September 2012

The transformation of a 113-year-old theatre in Perth is a step closer following a significant funding boost from Creative Scotland. Horsecross Arts has been awarded £2m to help them upgrade Perth Theatre. It brings the total funding raised for the renovation to £9m. The project is estimated to cost £13m.

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Birmingham Hippodrome reopens with new stage

25th September 2012

Birmingham Hippodrome is to reopen after a £1.2m refurbishment which included its stage being replaced. The theatre has been closed since 26 August while the 30-year-old plywood stage was ripped out and boards that are 10cm thicker put in. The orchestra pit has been refurbished and new ticket kiosks and 500 low-energy light bulbs have been installed. ]

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Galloway demands inquiry into Bradford Odeon debacle

25th September 2012

George Galloway has called for a government inquiry into the ‘regeneration crisis’ in Bradford after controversial plans to demolish the city’s much-loved Odeon cinema were scrapped last week.

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Plans for a £4 million revamp of York Theatre Royal have been revealed

25th September 2012

Bosses at the venue have bid for £2.8m in Arts Council funding for a scheme which would see its auditorium close for about eight months so improvements can be made. The overhaul would also see the theatre’s entrance, foyer and public areas, including the café and bar, being improved to provide more space.

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Leeds City Varieties bar gets new name

25th September 2012

Leeds’ City Varieties Music Hall has renamed its bar in honour of the Friends of the Theatre. The famous Circle Bar is now The Friends’ Circle Bar and a plaque bearing the new name was unveiled this week.

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Forest of Dean Coleford theatre could be renamed in honour of Dennis Potter

25th September 2012

Campaigners want to breathe new life into Coleford’s theatre and rename it in honour of playwright Dennis Potter. Leaders of the Five Acres Not For Sale (FANS) said the drama facility on Gloucestershire College’s site is underused and out of date. They want the Forest theatre to be refurbished so it will attract more performers and larger audiences.

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