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Tapping into cultural tourism

26th February 2012

Culture can play an important role in motivating people to make a visit. Lorna Easton explains how arts organisations can make the most of the opportunities this presents.


Shakespeare's Globe launches £1.5 million matched-giving scheme towards the building of the Indoor Jacobean Theatre

24th February 2012

Shakespeare’s Globe today announced the gift of £1.5 million from an anonymous private donor for a matched-giving scheme to help the Globe reach its fund-raising target of £7 million towards the new Indoor Jacobean Theatre. For every pound raised by the Globe, it will be matched from the £1.5 million pool, bringing the fund-raising total to £4.5 million.

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Exhibition: The Art of Chichester Festival Theatre - A Celebration 3 Mar - 3 Jun

24th February 2012

To mark the 50th anniversary of Chichester Festival Theatre – the birthplace of the National Theatre – Pallant House Gallery presents a new exhibition celebrating the ways in which visual theatre artists responded to the challenge of designing for the first purpose-built thrust stage theatre in the UK.

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ACE to include ‘green clauses’ in funding contracts

24th February 2012

Arts Council England is to incorporate eco-friendly clauses into its funding agreements with national portfolio organisations, making it the first arts funding body in the world to have environmental sustainability as a requirement of subsidy. Speaking at the Tipping Point Conference in Newcastle today, ACE chief executive Davey announced a partnership with arts environmental specialists Julie’s Bicycle.

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Letters: More than a rusty shed…the Courtyard Theatre

24th February 2012

Many residents of Stratford upon Avon feel that the Courtyard Theatre, (known as the Rusty Shed) should now be dismantled because they see it as nothing more than an embarrassing eyesore.

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Letters: Theatre is in hock to sponsorship

24th February 2012

Arthur Miller is another playwright who, had he been alive today, would have enthusiastically joined the three British playwrights lamenting the decrease in risk-taking in British subsidised theatre (Report, 20 February). In the early 80s, he exhorted British theatre to defend the artistic freedom it gained from government money being distributed at arm’s length via the Arts Council, thereby protecting its allocation from political influence. His later plays were premiered here by the Young Vic, because US theatres dependent on commercial sponsorship would not countenance them.

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London's Globe Theatre celebrates first two PhDs in audience behaviour

23rd February 2012

Take a trip to the iconic Globe theatre in London and you might find yourself being studied rather closely. You might even find yourself in the pages of the first two PhDs to be awarded in a joint venture between the Globe and universities in the capital. Just hope that you are not the one who annoyed the actors with an uncontrollable yawn, a noisy fidget – or even a faint. Audience behaviour and its effect on actors – and on Shakespeare himself – are among the topics looked at by the academics.

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Architect Rob Firman's 'mission' lists 111 theatres in west and south Wales

23rd February 2012

An architect who made it his mission to visit every theatre and performance building in south Wales was surprised to discover dozens of “hidden gems”. Rob Firman aimed to be the first person to catalogue the venues and thought there would be about 30. But he ended up finding 111 buildings: 71 are still used for performances, while others have changed their use. He also traced 46 that were demolished.

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Belfast arts fund wins reprieve

23rd February 2012

The Northern Ireland Assembly has given a one-year reprieve to the Laganside Arts Grant with a one-off cash injection of £250,000 less than a week after announcing it was to close in March.

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Event: Climate Week & Arcola present Play In A Day March 16

23rd February 2012

Climate Week (12-18 March), Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, will stage a very special one-off performance showcasing creative solutions to climate change. Play in a Day brings together the finest British theatrical talent to put on five original fifteen minute performances in just 24 hours.

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