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Swansea Grand Theatre's energy cuts pay off

6th December 2011

Energy saving initiatives at Swansea Grand Theatre have been paying dividends. Measures including switching to low-energy light bulbs and encouraging staff, crews and performers to switch off lights and computer monitors have resulted in a significant reduction in energy consumption.

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Harrogate Royal Hall takeover more difficult than anticipated

5th December 2011

Taking over the Royal Hall is proving “considerably more difficult” than Harrogate Theatre anticipated, according to the theatre’s chairman. Coun Jim Clark said the choice facing Harrogate was to either let the theatre run the Royal Hall or watch as the council “semi-mothballed” it, but that worries over unexpectedly high losses at the hall had complicated matters.

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Marina Theatre in Lowestoft handed over to charitable trust

5th December 2011

The handover of Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre to a charitable trust has been completed. The Marina Theatre Trust has taken over the running of the theatre, having won a 15-year contract. Waveney District Council still owns the building and will continue to subsidise it with £150,000 a year for four years.

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Malvern Theatre's £150,000 a year target as funding cuts continue to bite

3rd December 2011

Funding cuts mean Malvern Theatres will need to raise £150,000 a year to sustain its current offering. The venue plans to continue gathering money through a fund-raising appeal to make up for revenue lost through cuts in grants. The appeal was launched in 2009 with the aim of raising £500,000 over three years to help tide the Grange Road facility over during the economic recession, but now more funds are needed to sustain its level of programming.

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Charity commission must decide whether to allow Corwen Pavilion demolition

3rd December 2011

A decision on the future of the historic Corwen Pavilion has been delayed. A two-day trial was due to be held this week after the Save the Pavilion group sought an injunction against Denbighshire County Council, preventing its demolition. But it emerged that the group did not have the consent of the Charity Commission to fight the legal action.

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Disappointment for Farnham Theatre Association as Waverley Council set to force land sales in East Street

2nd December 2011

The process of forcing land owners to sell their sites so they can be built on for the East Street redevelopment in Farnham has begun. Waverley borough councillors decided on Tuesday (November 29) to press ahead with attempted compulsory purchase orders (CPO) needed to see through the large retail, leisure and housing project for the town. Anne Cooper, chairman of the theatre association, felt “frustrated” with the news.

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Web bid to save Swansea's Albert Hall from ruin

2nd December 2011

Campaigners are stepping up their bid to save one of Swansea’s oldest buildings. The Albert Hall has stood on Craddock Street in the centre of town since 1864, during which time it has been used as a music hall and cinema. But its future has remained clouded in doubt, ever since its last occupants, the Mecca Bingo Club, left more than four years ago.

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Event: A Christmas Tradition: The Pantomime in Focus V&A 14 December

2nd December 2011

Victoria and Albert Museum Theatre Collections Free Lunch Time Talk. Pantomime is a much-loved form of British entertainment and a vital introduction to live theatre for thousands of children. This talk traces its progress from its 17th century roots to its contemporary place as a thriving part of Christmas today.

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Liverpool Contemporary Urban Centre to close

2nd December 2011

The centre on Greenland Street will close in the New Year. The arts and entertainment venue, in a renovated Grade II-listed Victorian warehouse on Greenland Street, is run by People Can. The charity said funding cuts coupled with the economic downturn had forced the closure, which will take place in January The centre opened in 2008 and includes a cinema, theatre and auditorium, wedding venue and a restaurant and bar.

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Performers protest against West End parking hike

2nd December 2011

Musicians and actors have held a protest in the West End against Westminster City Council’s plans to extend parking charges in the borough. The new parking charges will target the area south of Oxford Street, including Theatreland, and will see a rate of £4.40 an hour charged all day on Fridays and Saturdays until midnight, and between 1pm and 6pm on Sundays. A reduced hourly rate of £2.20 will also be charged from 6.30pm until midnight from Monday to Thursday.

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