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The next stage for Lowther Pavilion Theatre management

6th June 2011

It could be another two months before a manager is appointed for the Lowther Pavilion Theatre. For the prospect of being at the helm of Lytham’s prestigious performance venue has captured the imagination of candidates worldwide. A total of 57 people applied, including one who had worked in Africa and others from France and Ireland. There is now a shortlist of four for second interviews.

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It's showtime for St Peters Southsea who face an uncertain future

6th June 2011

Nestled in the heart of urban Southsea lies an unexpected treasure that has enriched the lives of many locals. Natalie French visits St Peter’s theatre for a grand tour and to learn about its uncertain future.

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Struggling Hull Truck to wield jobs axe again

4th June 2011

More staff at Hull Truck Theatre are facing redundancy just months after the latest round of job cuts. Staff at the theatre were informed by email that its financial position had not improved since Christmas, and management have “reluctantly but necessarily (been) forced to take further action.” Three posts could go and those “at risk” were to be informed by letter within 24 hours.

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Billingham Forum to re-open after £18.5m revamp

3rd June 2011

A Teesside leisure centre will re-open to the public on Friday after a £18.5m refurbishment. To celebrate, Billingham Forum will host three days of special events, taster sessions and entertainment. The investment into the 1960s building can be seen in the theatre, ice rink, gym, bowls court, swimming pool, and the exterior.

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Blog: Glittering new performance spaces at RWCMD

3rd June 2011

I’m in the process of arranging to take myself to Cardiff to visit Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in the autumn. I don’t get out of the south east as much as I should and I’m making an effort to put that right. So there’ll be more from me about RWCMD after my Cardiff trip blogs Susan Elkin for The Stage Education and Training Blog.

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Purni Morell appointed artistic director of the Unicorn Theatre

3rd June 2011

Purni Morell has been appointed artistic director of the Unicorn Theatre. Morell, who is currently head of studio at the National Theatre, will take up her new position in September. She will replace Tony Graham, who steps down in August after 14 years as artistic director.

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Donations flood in for threatened Wilton's Music Hall

3rd June 2011

A last-ditch attempt to save the world’s oldest surviving music hall from collapse has netted more than £170,000 in a week after the Heritage Lottery Fund turned down its grant application. The sum consists largely of small donations made by individuals through text messages and social media, though one person gave £20,000.

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Twenty new jobs to be filled at the Belfast MAC ahead of 2012 opening

3rd June 2011

The new £18m Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast has begun a new recruitment drive. The MAC already employs 14 people and is now looking for a curator and a business development manager. The venue is set to open next February and 20 new posts are expected to be created by then. It is hoped the new facility will attract around 177,000 visitors-per-year and will play a major role in the ongoing regeneration of the Cathedral Quarter.

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Society slams new proposal to revamp Bournemouth Pier Theatre

3rd June 2011

Plans to convert Bournemouth’s historic Pier Theatre into an all-weather attraction have come under fire from the National Piers Society. After it was revealed that the Grade II listed building could face closure at the end of this summer, the NPS said it was “very concerned” by the £3million conversion proposals.

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Jobs set to go at Kingston's Rose Theatre following funding cut

3rd June 2011

Jobs could be lost at the Rose Theatre as it struggles to make up a £100,000 council funding cut. An email sent out to trustees said a number of full time positions were at risk after the theatre was forced to carry out a review of staffing costs and operations. The move has prompted some critics to call for a shakeup of the theatre’s management and the resignation of its chairman Anthony Simonds-Gooding.

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