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Shared worries of regional theatre future

25th November 2012

Stage director Sir Trevor Nunn has said he ‘shares the worries’ of Sir Ian McKellen over the future of British regional theatres

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Government welcomes new Removing Barriers to Legacy-giving report on arts philanthropy

24th November 2012

Culture secretary Maria Miller has welcomed the publication of a report that says the Arts Council England should refuse or reduce grants to organisations that do not provide evidence of legacy fundraising.

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North Berwick Town's arts hub ambition

23rd November 2012

Talks are under way on the possibility of a new, purpose-built venue in North Berwick for the arts, and residents are being encouraged to have their say. North Berwick Performing Arts Group is a newly formed organisation which aims to create a base for theatre, film, music performance and visual arts in the town, which could see the seaside town become a hub for creative talent in East Lothian.

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First look at proposed Bicester 400-seat theatre

23rd November 2012

Bicester Community College is taking the lead on the multi-million pound project, which it hopes will be a reality within five years. The facility, for use by the community, could include a professional standard theatre with orchestra pit; a second smaller flexible performing space seating up to 80 people. If approved, there would also be a café, a gallery, rehearsal, music and recording rooms. The centre could potentially double up as a cinema and conference facility.

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Tony Hall named new BBC director general

22nd November 2012

Royal Opera House chief executive Tony Hall has been appointed as the new director general of the BBC. He will take up the post in March next year, and replaces George Entwistle, who resigned earlier this month.

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Bacc for the Future Campaign - arts in the curriculum

22nd November 2012

The Ebacc, as currently proposed by Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove and the coalition government to replace GCSE, consists only of five core subjects: maths, English, science, a language and either history or geography

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Lyric Hammersmith awarded highest environmental sustainability rating

21st November 2012

National Portfolio-funded theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, has become the first ever cultural organisation to be awarded the top Industry Green rating for its commitment to environmental sustainability.

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Nantwich Players Theatre unveils plans for ‘culture quarter’

21st November 2012

Nantwich Players Theatre has unveiled plans for a ‘culture quarter’ as part of a long-term vision for the town. The theatrical group, based on Love Lane, believes the development is necessary to secure the future of culture and arts in the town and will boost inward investment, with a new theatre a focal part of the vision. The proposal was presented to Nantwich Town Council last week and the group asked for a funding grant to help carry out a professional arts and culture feasibility study, costing in the region of £20,000.

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St Peters Theatre Southsea could be made community asset for future

20th November 2012

Portsmouth City Council has asked the campaigners fighting to save St Peter’s Theatre to use part of the localism act to try and keep it for future use. More than 5,000 people have signed a petition urging the council to help them save the Fraser Road theatre, and yesterday it was debated at a meeting of the full council. If the supporters are successful in getting the building listed as a community asset by the city council, it cannot be sold without giving community groups a chance to put together a proposal and raise the money to buy it themselves.

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Blog: Was Will Gompertz right when he said the arts had been subsidised to 'no great effect'?

20th November 2012

A report on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme argued that Arts Council England’s mantra of ‘great art for everyone’ was unachievable. Is that too bleak a view? blogs Charlotte Higgins for The Guardian.


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