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City celebrates progression of new Southampton arts centre, but it has not all been plain sailing

13th July 2011

Plans for Southampton’s beleaguered £21m New Arts Complex (SNAC) move one step closer to fruition as a planning application is finally submitted to Southampton City Council, three years after it was originally due to open. Jimmy Chestnutt, Chief Executive of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, called the application a “significant step” in what has been a difficult journey. SNAC was due to be completed in 2008 but was hit by the property slump when its original developers, City Lofts, went into administration in 2008.

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Marlowe theatre rises above Canterbury skyline – and spending cuts

13th July 2011

Rising above the jumble of Georgian and medieval roofs of central Canterbury, a new structure is reaching completion. The Marlowe theatre, opening in October, is second only to the cathedral in height and rises almost in defiance of public sector cuts. The Council aims to boost the local economy with the £25.6m project, which will feature a 1,200-seat auditorium.

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Theatres discuss funding drama

12th July 2011

Some theatres are cutting back on actors and directors and staging fewer shows as cuts from the Arts Council England and local authorities bite. As audiences also tighten their belts, three theatres have explained how the economic climate is being felt on stage, and what the future may hold.

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South Ayrshire Council takes next steps to re-open Gaiety Theatre

11th July 2011

Plans to begin the reopening of the Gaiety Theatre before the end of the year have received a further boost as South Ayrshire Council approved a loan of £50,000 for Ayr Gaiety Partnership and agreed to finalise a lease agreement for the iconic Ayr theatre. The interest-free loan to Ayr Gaiety Partnership – the Council’s partner in the project to reopen the Gaiety – will provide working capital to support the reopening of the cafe/bar in the autumn and will be repaid over five years, with the first year payment-free.

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Statement from the Save Conwy Civic Hall campaign

10th July 2011

This is a statement from Tony Franks the Chairman of the Ciwb Conwy Cube and the Save Conwy Civic Hall campaign. This statement is made regarding the position of Conwy Branch Library in Conwy Civic Hall, on behalf of Ciwb Conwy Cube.

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Tributes as a founder of Colchester's Mercury dies

10th July 2011

A theatre lover who was instrumental in founding Colchester’s Mercury Theatre has died, aged 85. David Morena Buxton felt the Colchester Theatre, in High Street, left a lot to be desired when he was appointed artistic director in 1967. With theatre manager David Forder, he stabilised the situation and helped establish the Mercury in 1972.

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Gorleston Pavilion granted official charity status

8th July 2011

The Gorleston Pavilion Theatre is set to celebrate it’s 110th birthday on July 8th of this year and is marking the occasion in style with the announcement that it has just been granted official charitable status.

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Corwen Pavilion demolition set to go ahead again

7th July 2011

Denbighshire council says it hopes to start demolition work soon on a community centre that residents have been fighting to save. Supporters of Corwen Pavilion won a temporary court injunction in April to stop the planned demolition. The council said the building was no longer financially viable to repair but agreed to be bound by the court order.

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Nick Giles leaving Donmar Warehouse after six months

7th July 2011

Nick Giles is to step down as executive producer at the Donmar Warehouse after just six months in the role. Giles, who recently joined the Donmar from the Corn Exchange in Newbury, will step down on July 31. The venue will begin its search for a new executive producer shortly, according to a statement.

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Chichester Festival Theatre seeks public opinion on plans to improve

7th July 2011

Chichester Festival Theatre has launched a public consultation on the future of the company’s building as it approaches its 50th anniversary next year. Areas open for discussion include creating a new piazza between the Festival and Minerva theatres, reviewing the layout of the seating in the main auditorium, and making the venue more environmentally friendly.

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