The Theatres Trust

Is subsidised theatre losing its appeal?

19th January 2012

The number of theatergoers at subsidised venues fell from 14.1 million in 2009 to 13 million last year, according to Arts Council England. While London theatres attracted slightly higher audience figures than venues outside the capital, away from London, total audiences have fallen by more than ten per cent over the two-year period. Theatres where non-national companies perform have fared even worse – reporting a 13 per cent audience decline.

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Death sentence hanging over Hackney's Mildmay Social Club from Hanover development

19th January 2012

A historical community hub in Stoke Newington still has a “death sentence” hanging over it, after a time extension for planning permission to build six townhouses next door was awarded by Hackney Council last week. The Mildmay Social Club in Newington Green which is owned by its 200 members has been around since 1888, hosts social gatherings like wedding receptions, as well as being a popular location for films like Made in Dagenham. It has a theatre upstairs.

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Staffordshire's New Vic Theatre hit with 10% funding cut proposal

19th January 2012

Staffordshire’s New Vic Theatre is facing a 10% year-on-year funding cut from its local council. Stoke-on-Trent City Council has published budget proposals that reveal plans to reduce its grants to three arts organisations – the New Vic, Stoke-on-Trent Music Festival and the Make Some Noise youth festival – by 10% year on year.

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Westminster completes West End parking u-turn

19th January 2012

Westminster Council has performed a permanent u-turn on plans to impose evening and Sunday parking charges in the West End, to the relief of Theatreland. The proposals, which would have seen charging extended until midnight from Monday to Saturday and introduced between 1pm and 6pm on Sundays, were deeply unpopular among theatre staff and managers.

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£53,000 council funding to repair Glasgow Citizens theatre

19th January 2012

Glasgow’s leading theatres, The Citizens, is to benefit from £53,000 in repair work from the city council. The theatre, in the Gorbals, needs an “extensive list of repairs” which need to be “addressed in order to safeguard the future of the theatre in the long term”. Urgent health and safety repairs at the theatre will now be paid for by the money from the council’s Common Good Fund.

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Greenwich Playhouse company to go

18th January 2012

The Greenwich Playhouse will close its doors on the 10th April 2012 after twenty years of service to theatre and following a final production by Galleon Theatre Company of the great John Webster classic The Duchess of Malfi. The Greenwich Playhouse will close in April 2012 as the theatre’s landlords – Beds and Bars – have decided not to renew this popular South East London venue’s lease in order to exploit commercial opportunities offered by the Olympics.

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Preston College opens new £5m performing arts academy

18th January 2012

A Lancashire college has officially opened a new £5m visual and performing arts academy. Preston College’s new building, which stands at the entrance to the Fulwood campus, was opened by head of BBC North, Peter Salmon. The new academy is home to students on programmes from dance and drama to photography, textiles and music, and includes a 100-seat theatre.

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Witney Community’s £45k investment in Langdale Hall

18th January 2012

Witney Town Council has completed a £45,000 revamp of a community hall to help house groups made homeless by the sudden closure of the Corn Exchange. Langdale Hall, in Langdale Gate, now has two new meeting rooms, a restored dance floor and improved disabled, kitchen and toilet facilities.

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Sheffield's Lantern Theatre turns professional after 118 years

17th January 2012

Sheffield’s oldest theatre is launching its first ever professional season, after 118 years of amateur dramatics. The Grade II-listed Lantern Theatre on Kenwood Park Road in Nether Edge was built in 1893, four years before the Lyceum was built in the city centre.

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Hunstanton's Princess Theatre to reopen under new management

17th January 2012

The Princess Theatre in Hunstanton had its lease terminated by C and R Cinemas, which rented it from the borough council, and shut in November. A new venture, formed by four companies with local connections, said it hoped to open the venue again by the summer. The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk said it was in final negotiations with the company.

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