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Mary Shelley theatre revamp planned in Dorset

25th February 2013

About 170 people have volunteered to help restore a theatre which was built for Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. Funding is being sought for the project and a trust charity is being set up to run the theatre, organisers say.

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Duke's scheme brings down the curtain on Stanford Hall Theatre

25th February 2013

Britain’s richest landowner has enraged amateur actors with plans for one of his stately homes that could spell the end for a historic theatre in its grounds. The conflict concerns the Grade II-listed Stanford Hall, which was bought by the Duke of Westminster for an undisclosed amount in 2011. The 61-year-old aristocrat plans to turn the 360-acre estate, near Loughborough, in Leicestershire, into the UK’s biggest rehabilitation centre for the treatment of wounded soldiers and civilians.

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Help save Stanford Hall Theatre

25th February 2013

Stanford Hall’s much loved Theatre and rising Wurlitzer organ are the subject of a petition to Rushcliffe Borough Council. The Grade II listed hall was purchased in 2011 by the Duke of Westminster who plans to turn it into the UK’s biggest rehabilitation centre for the treatment of wounded soldiers and civilians. Unfortunately, his plans do not include the restoration of the 18th hall which has been enjoyed for years by the local community.

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CABE updates design review guidance

25th February 2013

New guidance has been published for design reviews panels across England. The Cabe team at the Design Council, the RIBA, the Landscape Institute and the RTPI have produced an update to guidance on delivering design reviews, entitled ‘Design Review, Principles and Practice’. The update sees the guidance condensed, and revised following both the NPPF and the Taylor Review. The NPPF requires local authorities to have systems in place to provide design assessments, and to refer major projects for a national design review.

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New Arts Council Chief Peter Bazalgette: 'Maybe I don't qualify as great or good'

25th February 2013

In his first interview in his new role as Arts Council chief, Peter Bazalgette discusses cuts, philistines and his Big Brother past with Andrew Anthony from The Observer.


Taunton Brewhouse’s allies say show must go on despite closure

23rd February 2013

Less than 48 hours after the Taunton arts centre announced that it was going into administration and closing, there is a growing band prepared to put their hearts into its resurrection. Veteran Taunton Deane Borough councillor John Meikle, 89, founder chairman of the Brewhouse, is calling for an army of volunteers to come forward.

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Blog: Where theatre falls, the rest of culture will follow as arts cuts kick in

23rd February 2013

A new report shows that funding cuts are paralysing theatre programming and scuppering tours, which in turn could have a devastating effect on TV, film and radio blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian Stage Blog.

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London's Old Vic Tunnels to close

22nd February 2013

The Old Vic theatre’s experimental performance space in the railway arches below Waterloo Station is to close in mid-March.

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Norfolk: Plan To Cut Arts Budget Scrapped

22nd February 2013

Norfolk County Council have decided to scrap a plan to cut the budget for arts projects around Norfolk this year. As part of the council’s Big Conversation the arts grants budget was due to be reduced by £49,000 in the coming financial year.

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Arts cuts lead to 'shrivelling' of theatre industry, report says

22nd February 2013

English theatre study claims Arts Council cuts mean cancelled shows, fewer new plays, fewer commissions and smaller casts writes Charlotte Higgins for The Guardian.


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