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New CEO at Alexandra Palace, London

15th February 2012

Alexandra Palace’s new CEO has confirmed events and exhibitions business remains a vital part of the north London’s venue programme as he embarks on an ambitious regeneration and refurbishment plan. Chief executive Duncan Wilson OBE will oversee both the trading arm of Alexandra Palace, previously under the jurisdiction of MD Rebecca Kane, and the trust. Kane leaves Alexandra Palace on 9 March after a three-year stint to take up a position at The O2 arena.

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Blog: State of the Arts 2012 social media summary

15th February 2012

Missed all the State of the Arts 2012 action yesterday? Not to worry – The Guardian Online’s Culture Professional Network have rounded up the best images, tweets, articles, videos and interviews from the morning keynotes, afternoon conversations and closing remarks. Find out here


London’s newest theatre complex to open in September

14th February 2012

St James Theatre, the first newly built theatre complex in central London in 30 years, will open to the public in September. With the first season to be announced in April, the theatre will host a varied programme to include musicals, comedies and classic revivals, as well as offering a London venue to touring and regional production.

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Matlock Bath's Grand Pavilion building now in hands of campaigners

14th February 2012

The restoration of Matlock Bath’s Grand Pavilion has taken a major step forward after campaigners were awarded a three-year lease. The Grand Pavilion Ltd charity, set up by the Matlock Bath Pavilion Group, has taken over the running of the building from Derbyshire Dales District Council. It can now press ahead with raising the £2.6 million needed to repair and renovate the pavilion.

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Soaring lottery sales spell more cash for the arts

14th February 2012

Over £200 million more than expected should go to the arts over the next five years because of increased National Lottery ticket sales, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has announced.

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Blog: New theatres (and cabaret rooms) amidst the economic downturn

13th February 2012

Lottery funding created a boom-time in the building (and rebuilding) of theatres from the Royal Opera House and RSC at Stratford to the Royal Court and Young Vic. And lots of theatres are still planning Big Projects: the National, for instance, is pressing ahead with plans to revamp the Cottesloe (and re-name it the Dorfman, who is funding a substantial amount towards the work required), as part of a major rebuild that’s billed NT Future that will, in Nick Hytner’s words, “open it up further – both metaphorically and physically – to more people.”

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Nightclub boss charged over work at Kingston Regal

13th February 2012

A nightclub owner has been charged with unauthorised demolition work at a the Kingston Regal. Franco Lumba is accused of carrying out the alterations to the former Gala Bingo Hall in Richmond Road, Kingston, between July 24 and October 26, 2010.

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Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds artistic director to leave

13th February 2012

Colin Blumenau is to stand down from his post as artistic director of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds after 15 years. He will leave his position at the end of July 2012.

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Historic Newington Green social club’s future hangs in the balance

13th February 2012

A working men’s club that has endured since 1888 may be forced to close after an extension for planning permission for luxury housing to be built behind it was approved. The Mildmay Club, which faces Newington Green, has a retro interior that has featured in films such as Made in Dagenham and Vera Drake. It also has a theatre upstairs.

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Open for business - Dundee Whitehall Theatre looks to start new era

11th February 2012

John Letford appeals for city’s help to give Whitehall Theatre a future. That was the message from Kenny Christie, vice-chairman of the Whitehall Theatre Trust, this week as plans to develop the future of the venue get under way. Following months of uncertainty Mr Christie has unveiled a vision that will see the Whitehall become a social centre for the west end of Dundee and a means of educating and entertaining people across the city.

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