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RCA print exhibition is a radical take on Shakespeare

20th October 2011

In 1964, the Royal College of Art gave a group of printmakers du jour the loosest of briefs: to design work based around the theme of Shakespeare, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s birth. Judging from the farrago of images they got back, pictured here, from abstract and expressionist lithographs to one ‘pop art’ image which combined a Shakespearean sonnet with clippings of the Apollo space mission, they better reflected the tastes and trends of 1964 than 1564.

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Northern Light appointed to install at The Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock

20th October 2011

Graham Construction has appointed Northern Light to carry out design and installation of technical systems for Greenock Arts Guild’s brand new venue, The Beacon Arts Centre, which is expected to complete in late 2012.

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Report on Localism Bill in Lords: List of assets of community value amendment to include cultural interests

19th October 2011

Extracts from the Lords Report (5th Day) Localism Bill 10 October,10.21, Clause 75. Baroness Hanham (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government; Conservative) ... “I turn to the government amendments… Amendments 202B to 202F place a definition of asset of community value on the face of the Bill.”

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Debate on Planning in the Lords: Lord Rogers on the case for cities and culture

19th October 2011

Extracts from the Planning Debate, 13 October, moved By Lord Rooker. To call attention to the Government’s consultation paper on proposed changes to the planning system (National Planning Policy Framework) and to move for papers.

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Debate on Localism in Lords: Neighbourhood Planning and Culture

19th October 2011

Extracts from the Localism debate, 17 October, 5:30pm. Section 9 Neighborhood Planning. Baroness Hanham (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government; Conservative). “My Lords, I will move Amendment 205ZA and then sit down for the other amendments to be moved or spoken to… 205ZB: Schedule 9, line 3, leave out “and environmental” and insert, “environmental and cultural”.

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Blog: The Pitmen Painters reminds us that arts funding can change lives

19th October 2011

Lee Hall’s play about the miners who discovered the power of painting is as powerful as ever – but I doubt it could happen now blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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Blog: Flatpacks and footlights - why the UK needs a touring in-the-round theatre

19th October 2011

We at Paines Plough are working on a bold new auditorium that promises to take travelling theatre farther than ever before blogs James Grieve and George Perrin for The Guardian Stage blog.

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Nimax to run 350-seat ‘in-the-round’ Astoria replacement

19th October 2011

Nimax Theatres has signed a deal to operate the new 350-seat West End theatre proposed as a replacement for the former London Astoria. The Astoria was demolished in 2009 to make way for the Crossrail redevelopment around Tottenham Court Road station. Nimax chief executive Nica Burns told The Stage that she hopes the theatre will become London’s first small, purpose built, in-the-round theatre.

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Crossrail: Tottenham Court Road station area to get revamp and new theatre

19th October 2011

The developers have submitted planning applications to revamp the area around Tottenham Court Road station. A 350-seat theatre would replace the Astoria, which was demolished in 2009 to make way for the £16bn east-west rail line which is set to open in 2018. The building would be located further south on Charing Cross Road and would house an additional nine floors of offices plus the new theatre.

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Dee Evans to leave Colchester Mercury

18th October 2011

Dee Evans, artistic director of the Mercury Theatre in Colchester, is to leave the venue after 14 years in 2012. She said: “There is never a good time to make a change like this, but the Mercury has a great team and is in a strong position to move into planning and delivering the next three year cycle of work, so I have chosen to make the break now.

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