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Details of Worthing Council’s theatres business plan released

22nd March 2012

Aheadof a council meeting to discuss the future of Worthing’s theatres, details of what the business proposal includes have been released. Worthing Borough Council’s senior theatres management team has produced a business plan to reduce the net operating cost of the theatres service by at least 25 per cent “whilst producing a sustainable and viable theatre offer for the future”.

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Council offers six-month lifeline to Hornsea Floral Hall

22nd March 2012

Hornsea Floral Hall in Yorkshire may be saved from demolition, if proposals for the local council to hand over the freehold of the building to community groups can be agreed in the next six months. The council had planned to demolish the venue to make way for a car park, but this met with opposition from the local community. Many groups use the space, including Hornsea Amateur Theatre Society, which stages its productions there.

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London's Hampstead Theatre hit as council drops support and charges rates

21st March 2012

Hampstead Theatre has lost council support for the first time in its half century history and will have to pay business rates of up to £10,000, which had previously been waived.

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Elizabethan fork excavated at Rose Theatre to feature on Radio 4

21st March 2012

A fork discovered during excavations at the Rose Theatre on Bankside will be the subject of a programme presented by British Museum director Neil MacGregor on BBC Radio 4 this spring.

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Miller Construction chosen for Bangor University’s Pontio project

21st March 2012

Bangor University has named Miller Construction as its preferred bidder for the main construction contract for the Pontio development. Construction is expected to begin on the site on Deiniol Road, Bangor in May/June.

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Summer start to £40m Pontio building at Bangor University site

21st March 2012

Bangor University says construction work on a new £40m arts and innovation centre will begin in early summer. Pontio will house a new theatre, studio theatres, cinema, restaurant, bars, student union, teaching and learning spaces.

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Paul Iles leaves £200,000 to Georgian Theatre Royal in will

21st March 2012

Paul Iles, the late theatre manager and consultant, has left more than £200,000 and an extensive collection of theatrical memorabilia to the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

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Birmingham library and REP Theatre's opening date announced

20th March 2012

Birmingham’s new £189m library will open on 3 September, 2013. The new building, in Centenary Square, replaces the Birmingham Central Library in Chamberlain Square. The project has also included a refurbishment and extension to the REP theatre which will be linked to the library and will reopen in September 2013.

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Wanted! Directors for Fife Cultural Trust

20th March 2012

Fife’s newest cultural charity is looking for people with a passionate interest in cultural activities to volunteer their services to help govern the new Trust. Seven independent Directors, or Trustees as they are also known, are needed to join the Board. Fife Cultural Trust will cover a wide range of cultural services, managed and operated from a large number of buildings.

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Royal Holloway London University gets new £3.5m theatre

20th March 2012

Building work has started on a £3.5m theatre at Royal Holloway in Surrey. A theatre built in 1981 for £50,000 has been demolished at the University of London’s Egham campus to make way for the new facility. The old theatre, where actor Mark Strong and musician KT Tunstall both trained, had fallen into rapid structural decline.

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