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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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Harrogate Theatre Trust agrees to run Royal Hall

17th January 2012

The future of Harrogate’s Royal Hall, which costs taxpayers almost £1,000 a day to run, may have been secured. The council has been looking for solutions to mitigate the burden on taxpayers and approached Harrogate Theatre. The theatre trust board has now agreed to take it on subject to council approval and a cash grant.

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Trust plan for County Durham leisure and cultural services

17th January 2012

Leisure and cultural services in County Durham could be run by a charitable trust as a cost-cutting measure. The council said it needed to save £145.8m over the next five years, due to a cut in government grants. If given the go-ahead, a “non-profit distributing organisation” would run the services, with the council keeping ownership of the buildings and assets. The move would affect libraries, leisure centres and Durham City’s Gala Theatre, and save up to £1m.

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Swindon Mechanics' Institute makes it to court

17th January 2012

A row over who is to foot the bill for £400,000 in emergency repairs to the derelict Mechanics’ Institute is to be heard in court. Swindon Council will attempt to recoup the money from building owner Mathew Singh for works it said were necessary to prevent the building’s roof from collapsing. The case is to open before the Technology and Construction Court in London today and has been scheduled to last four days, with the council drafting in specialist legal help in the form of barrister Alan Steynor.

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London's Albany takes on two new spaces in east London

16th January 2012

London’s Albany Theatre has won contracts to manage the arts programmes for Lewisham’s Deptford Lounge community centre and a new “super library” in Canada Water. The move means that The Albany will be behind all future arts shows that appear in the venues with a schedule featuring drama, music, dance and comedy.

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£90,000 Arts Council grant for Penrith puppet theatre and museum

16th January 2012

An Eden-based puppet theatre has been awarded £90,000 from the Arts Council towards the cost of building a new performance space and museum. John and Elaine Parkinson, of Upfront Puppet Theatre, near Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith, hope to have the new £300,000 multifunctional arts venue open by August.

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