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Errol Flynn Filmhouse: Northampton cinema set to open

12th June 2013

A £500,000 cinema named after Hollywood legend Errol Flynn, who spent his early acting career at a Northampton theatre, is to open in the town.

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Cultural Olympiad director calls on theatres to mobilise audiences against arts cuts

12th June 2013

Ruth Mackenzie has issued a rallying cry to theatre leaders to mobilise their audiences against imminent cuts to public funding for the arts, which are expected as part of the government’s comprehensive spending review taking place at the end of this month. The director of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad said that theatres need to encourage their audiences, who are “more powerful” than venues, to lobby local and central government and prevent further falls in funding.

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Campaigners for Dudley Hippodrome to keep up fight

10th June 2013

Campaigners will fight to get the decision to demolish Dudley Hippodrome overturned by a local government watchdog, they revealed at a public meeting. The event at the Station Hotel opposite the old theatre in Castle Hill was the first protesters had held since the council rejected their proposals to re-open it. The Friends of Dudley Hippodrome had drawn up a detailed business plan – but this was dismissed by council chiefs who said the proposals would need up to £10 million of investment.

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Arts and culture to be included in ONS well-being measures

10th June 2013

Engagement with the arts and culture is to be included for the first time as one of the measures used by government to calculate the UK’s sense of well-being.

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Hertswood School’s Ark Theatre seeks longer opening hours

10th June 2013

Application TP/13/0944

Hertsmere Borough Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above application for a variation of condition 15 attached to planning permission reference TP/06/1508 to allow alteration to hours of operation from 8am-11pm Mondays to Saturdays to 9am-11:30pm Mondays to Sundays at the Ark Theatre, Hertswood School in Borehamwood.

The Theatres Trust supported the application. Read the Trust’s response.

To view the planning application online, please click here and enter the application number, then click search.


Croydon needs a re-think on arts strategy

9th June 2013

A report calling for a rethink on the arts has been produced by the South Croydon Community Association and sent to the Arts Council, London Mayor, Boris Johnson and leading local political and business figures.

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Leith Theatre in Edinburgh brought back to life

7th June 2013

Now an almost forgotten capital venue is to reopen after falling into years of disrepair. The B-listed Leith Theatre complex is to stage its first performance next week since securing a lease to open up the buildings on Ferry Road in Edinburgh yesterday.

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£850,000 for Eastbourne Congress theatre repairs

7th June 2013

Eastbourne Congress Theatre a grade II listed theatre shrouded in scaffolding for three years will cost at least a further £850,000 of taxpayers’ money to repair.

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John Edwards joins Oldham Coliseum as development manager

7th June 2013

John Edwards has joined the Oldham Coliseum as development manager.

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Derby Hippodrome Theatre 'museum' plan revealed

7th June 2013

Ambitious plans are in the pipeline to create a “modern museum” inside the Hippodrome theatre – if a bid for £5 million is successful. Hippodrome Restoration Trust want to create an “archive of memories”, put together from the people who used the former theatre in its heyday.

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