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Stars visit Finsbury Park Theatre as it moves closer to opening date

3rd February 2012

The new Park Theatre currently being constructed in Finsbury Park promises to be an interesting venue when it opens. Husband and wife team Jez and Melanie Bond have not only secured private funding for the venture – the first new theatre in the borough for 30 years – they have some of Britain’s finest acting and production talent onboard.

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Bid towards £43m Chester theatre is deferred

3rd February 2012

Culture bosses have offered reassurances after a funding deadline expired for a grant toward the proposed £43m theatre at the former Odeon. Officers at Cheshire West and Chester Council had hoped to submit a £5m bid to the Arts Council in December but pulled out just three days before the closing date.

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People power at Ludlow Assembly Rooms

3rd February 2012

A deal has been agreed to hand Ludlow Assembly Rooms over to the community – securing the venue for future generations. The centre’s trustees have decided to pursue plans to take over responsibility of the building from Shropshire Council. The decision means they can now move forward with ambitious proposals to create a new entrance to the centre off the town’s market square. The news is a major boost for the venue, which last year was suffering severe financial problems leading to a reduction in opening hours and a public fundraising campaign to support the theatre.

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New look Sherman Cymru revealed after facelift

2nd February 2012

Cardiff’s best known cultural venues is ready to reopen its doors after a two-year redevelopment. The £6.5m project has transformed the Sherman Cymru Theatre following a redesign by Jonathan Adams, from Capita Symonds Architecture, who also designed the Millennium Centre building in Cardiff Bay,

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Hanley theatre's Council funding is only in place for three years

2nd February 2012

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has agreed to pay £458,000 to support the running of Hanley’s Mitchell Arts Centre over the next three years. But the council has warned that the funding will then be ‘significantly’ reduced by 2014. It is hoped that the Mitchell Memorial Youth Art Centre (MMYAC) – the charitable trust which runs the attraction – will draw up a business plan to ensure it will no longer need to be propped up by the council.

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Everyman theatre bosses launch £1m funding drive to complete rebuild and support Liverpool talent

2nd February 2012

A £1m public funding drive was launched to help complete the rebuilding of Liverpool’s famous Everyman theatre and support new city talent. The Everyone for the Everyman appeal will raise the remaining funds towards the £28m total cost of the project, due for completion in 2013. Around half the money will also go towards supporting the next generation of actors, writers, designers, technicians and directors.

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Wilton’s Music Hall receives vital funding to preserve historic building structure

2nd February 2012

Wilton’s Music Hall has received a £700,000 funding boost that has secured phase 1 of a building project to conserve and protect the historic venue – the last surviving Grand Music Hall in the world. This grant, alongside funds already raised, mean that major works on the roofs, basement, soundproofing, ventilation and electrics can be carried out on the auditorium, where they are most needed.

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Historic find at Yarmouth St Georges church theatre

2nd February 2012

Restoration work at St George’s Chapel in Great Yarmouth has uncovered “lavish and unique” original paint finishes dating from the early 18th century. A team from the University of Lincoln discovered the 300-year-old still intact finishes hidden under many layers of paint. The chapel is being restored by a local trust in preparation for its relaunch as a performance venue

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The man putting the art into Manchester's new cultural quarter

1st February 2012

A brand name, observed one savvy business magazine editor, is more than a word – it is the beginning of a conversation. Who, then, would want to be in Dave Moutrey’s shoes, as the chief executive of independent cinema and contemporary arts centre the Cornerhouse prepares to put one of Manchester’s best loved brands in the guillotine?

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Ian Simpson and Mecanoo reveal First Street Cornerhouse Cinema and Library Theatre

1st February 2012

Images of Mecanoo’s proposed joint new home in Manchester city centre for The Cornerhouse cinema and the Library Theatre Company have been revealed The £20 million competition-winning scheme is part of ASK’s First Street development and will sit next to a new four-star Innside hotel also unveiled by Ian Simpson Architects..

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