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Businessman behind Colchester theatre nursery plans submits application to Council

11th November 2011

A businessman has been unveiled as the possible new owner of Colchester’s former Garrison Theatre. Tim Fergus, who grew up in Colchester, is planning on turning the site into a nursery, eventually employing up to 25 full-time staff. If the plans, submitted to Colchester Council this week, are given the thumbs-up, Mr Fergus hopes the nursery will be open in six to nine months.

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Arts Council England ignored good advice over The Public, West Bromwich

11th November 2011

Arts Council England has been lambasted in an independent report for its handling of its £31.8 million investment in The Public in West Bromwich. The review by Anthony Blackstock, entitled The Public – Lessons learned by Arts Council England, follows a report by the culture, media and sport select committee published in March that called the project a “gross waste of public money”.

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Private sector fundraising “not enough”, warn arts bodies

11th November 2011

One-third of arts organisations believe it will take until 2015 to recoup losses in public subsidy through other sources of income, new research has revealed. Meanwhile, a further 30% of organisations do not feel confident enough to predict when full recovery will be possible.

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Unease over fears Ilford's Kenneth More theatre could be closed down

10th November 2011

Rumours about the future of the Kenneth More Theatre are having a “devastating” effect on staff at the 37-year-old playhouse. Council leader Cllr Keith Prince failed to quash rumours, which emerged at the weekend, that the council plans to close the venue and move amateur dramatic productions to the Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomfield Road, Woodford Green.

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Nursery plans for former Garrison Theatre in Colchester

10th November 2011

A businessman has been unveiled as the possible new owner of Colchester’s former Garrison Theatre. Tim Fergus, who grew up in Colchester, is planning on turning the site into a nursery and eventually employing up to 25 full-time staff.

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Edinburgh's former Gateway Theatre at risk as student flats plan set for go-ahead

8th November 2011

One of Edinburgh’s oldest theatre buildings is set to be demolished to make way for student flats despite dozens of objections from local residents. Developers want to use the site of the former Gateway Theatre on Elm Row to build a new development to accommodate 155 students. The “high- quality” student accommodation will include a cinema, gym, seminar rooms and communal lounge areas for its residents.

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Lloyd Webber donates £3.5m to ArtsEd refurb

8th November 2011

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s charitable foundation is donating more than £3.5 million to Arts Educational Schools, allowing it to undergo a major refurbishment of its London home.

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Crucible theatre celebrates 40 years in Sheffield

8th November 2011

The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield is celebrating its 40th birthday. BBC Look North’s Tom Ingall reflects on the theatre’s history.

Source: BBC News


Rinaldo in talks to reopen Peterborough's Broadway Theatre

7th November 2011

Theatre lovers have been offered a glimmer of hope with talks underway to re-open Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre. Owner Rinaldo Fasulo said he is meeting interested parties to discuss a new firm coming into the building and raising the curtain.

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Liverpool Royal Court hopeful ahead of crucial Heritage Lottery Fund visit

7th November 2011

Royal Court Theatre is hoping to take a step nearer to securing funding for a £10m refurbishment of one of the city’s most historical venues. Heritage Lottery Fund officials will visit the landmark building to assess whether a further £1.3m will be granted to the Royal Court Theatre Trust. The Trust has already received around £100,000 from the organisation to develop plans for the renovation, which will preserve the theatre’s art deco architecture.

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