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Planning laws threaten local theatres

26th December 2011

The National Planning Policy Framework has already been criticised for threatening the countryside, historic buildings and even ancient woodland. Now it has emerged there is nothing in the document to protect cultural facilities like theatres, which contribute to the spirit of many communities. The Theatres Trust, an advisory body to the Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS), fears that the “presumption in favour of sustainable development” could encourage builders to knock down performing arts centres to build offices or expensive housing.

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Wave of support secures Hull Truck Theatre's future

26th December 2011

Hull Truck Theatre’s future is secure after theatre-goers rescued it from a £500,000 funding crisis. The theatre made a desperate plea for support after soaring overheads, funding cuts and dwindling audiences left it facing the major cash shortfall over four years.

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Newcastle Theatre Royal photographs raise cash

24th December 2011

Photographs telling the story of a theatre’s transformation are raising money for a charity close to their creator’s heart. Amateur Tyneside photographer Rory Gibson, 53, was at Tyneside’s Theatre Royal day and night while work to revamp the Victorian building was carried out. Pieced together, his images show stage-by-stage a city’s theatre painstakingly restored to its former glory.

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ACE’s Roddy Gauld named Bolton Octagon chief executive

23rd December 2011

Roddy Gauld, currently director of National Portfolio at Arts Council England, has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Octagon Theatre in Bolton. At the Octagon Theatre he replaces John Blackmore, who is leaving to pursue his freelance work as a theatre consultant following twelve years at the venue.

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Culture and arts endorsed by CLG Select Committee’s draft National Planning Policy Framework Inquiry

21st December 2011

The Theatres Trust is delighted to see the recognition given to culture and the arts in the Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s report into the draft National Planning Policy Framework published today.

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Theatre funding cuts approved by Barking and Dagenham council

21st December 2011

The Broadway Theatre is set to close after the council decided to withdraw its funding. The council has insisted that professional performances will continue to be staged at the venue – despite senior councillors giving the go-ahead to savings proposals which include the termination of the Barking theatre’s grant at last week’s cabinet meeting. This is despite a 411-strong petition from users of the theatre who objected to the plans.

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Select committee calls on government to recognise arts in planning policy

21st December 2011

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee has called for the final version of the government’s revamped planning policy to include specific reference to the arts, following complaints that the original document ignored culture.

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Cheshire East advertises for partner to secure future of Lyceum in Crewe

21st December 2011

Cheshire East is looking for a qualified and experienced partner to secure the long-term future of the Lyceum. Last year Crewes Grade II Edwardian theatre was one of 43 named on the Theatre Trusts 2010 Theatre Buildings at Risk register. According to the register, at that time it was under imminent threat as a result of recent funding decisions. Now the council is advertising locally and in trade magazines for a partner stressing it is not looking to sell off the historic theatre. The deadline for interest is February 10 2012.

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Experts recommend that the arts and culture are made central to the National Curriculum up to age16

20th December 2011

As snow fell across some parts of the country yesterday, so the Department of Education released a flurry of documents and statements related to the National Curriculum Review. Here are the headlines according to the Cultural Learning Alliance

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St Neots' £8m cinema and theatre given go-ahead

20th December 2011

St Neots is to have its own cinema, theatre and restaurant complex after years of campaigning by its town council and residents. In 2006 Peter Rowley, a US-based millionaire with links to the Cambridgeshire town, donated about £1m for a leisure facility in the town. Planning permission for an £8m cinema, theatre and restaurant complex has now been granted by Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC).

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