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Greenock’s £9.5m Beacon Theatre opens

7th January 2013

The new Beacon Arts Centre building has opened in Greenock to replace the old Arts Guild Theatre, a 500-seat space which was deemed no longer fit for purpose.

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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion closes after final Aladdin show

6th January 2013

The curtain will come down for the final time later on a 100-year-old Suffolk theatre staging its last production. The Felixstowe Spa Pavilion will close after the final performance of Aladdin on 6th January. The council ended its subsidy and a buyer has not yet come forward.

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Remains of Roman theatre discovered in Kent

4th January 2013

Roman theatre remains dating back to the second century AD have been discovered in fields outside a market town in Kent. The excavated site at Faversham has revealed an open-air ‘cockpit’ theatre built into the hillside, which is the first of its kind to be uncovered in Britain.

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Campaign to save Blackpool's ABC Theatre from demolition

4th January 2013

A campaign to save a Blackpool theatre which hosted stars such as the Beatles and Morecambe and Wise has started. Demolishing the former ABC Theatre would destroy an “important part” of the town’s heritage, said Gill Payne whose petition aims to save it.

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Ffwrnes Theatre: Curtains raised on a £15m arts centre

4th January 2013

The curtains are being raised on a £15m purpose-built arts centre in Llanelli with a performance of the pantomime, Aladdin. The Ffwrnes Theatre is supporting more than 30 jobs and aims to become the creative and cultural centre of the area.

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2013 SMA Conference - Save the date

4th January 2013

The SMA announces the second conference for stage managers. Register your interest and ‘save the date’ Sunday 17 March 2013, London.

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Jude Kelly: Arts are a necessity, not a luxury

3rd January 2013

More funding should be put into the arts not less, says the artistic director of Europe’s largest arts complex, London’s Southbank Centre. Jude Kelly said the government had not shown “any clear commitment” to the arts and was confused over how to prioritise it. She said: “The arts have got to be embedded like the NHS and education.”

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New project development officer at Morecambe Winter Gardens

3rd January 2013

The man taxed with getting Morecambe’s old theatre up and running says: “People say this is the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced…but I’ve worked in Afghanistan!” Paul Jakulis has been appointed the new project development officer at the Winter Gardens. His job will be to put together a business plan and apply for funding to get the Grade II* listed theatre fully functional once again for the first time since 1977.

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Architect sought for South Shields community hub

3rd January 2013

South Tyneside Council is seeking an architect for a new community hub. The 5,000m² hub building will have between three and four floors and is planned to inlcude a library, council services, commercial spaces and a theatre area.

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New Vic Theatre to lose Stoke-on-Trent city council funding

3rd January 2013

The New Vic theatre is to have a £70,000 grant cut by Stoke-on-Trent city council. The money it gets from the council will be reduced by about £23,000 in each of the next three financial years as part of the authority’s budget plans. The council said it meant funding for the 597-seat venue in Hartshill would be scrapped altogether by 2016-17.

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