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Blog: Chichester Festival Theatre RENEW demolition underway

16th November 2012

On 27 October Private Lives drew to a close on an emotional night for the Theatre, and many of us felt a little pang of fearful disbelief at the thought of a cold winter with no Chichester Festival Youth Theatre or incoming touring productions to prop us up. But that is where the Theatre and its vagrant staff find themselves. Vagrant in a very comfortable sense, decamped in the Steven Pimlott building blogs Victor Manley Campaign Coordinator of Chichester Festival Theatre’s RENEW Campaign.

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Outdoor theatre mooted for Worcester

16th November 2012

A £10 million arts quarter in Worcester is being planned which would include a new studio theatre and outdoor performance space. An architectural firm is drawing up the designs, after a local businessman and arts supporter bought the site of an old porcelain factory close to Worcester city centre.

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The plight of regional theatres

15th November 2012

Danny Boyle and Sir Nicholas Hytner are fronting a campaign on the plight of regional theatres today. The BBC’s arts editor Will Gompertz explained that it is not an institution that finds radical change easy.

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Danny Boyle voices regional theatre fears

15th November 2012

Danny Boyle has requested a meeting with the prime minister to make the case for regional theatres, with venues at risk of closure from budget cuts. On Thursday 15 he joined artistic directors from theatres across England to highlight their plight. Boyle said he and Olympic Opening Ceremony collaborator Stephen Daldry hoped to ask David Cameron for “modest but sustained investment in the arts”.

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Danny Boyle on theatre 'opportunity'

15th November 2012

Danny Boyle has joined artistic directors from theatres across England to warn that further budget cuts could put regional theatres at risk.

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Cast is Doncaster's New Performance Venue name

15th November 2012

The name of Doncaster’s new multi-million pound performance venue has been revealed. ‘Cast’ has been selected following consultations with stakeholders and community groups for the £22 million site, which is part of the £300m The Civic and Cultural Quarter (CCQ) development. It is said to have been chosen because it includes Doncaster’s industrial heritage, theatrical ties and also plays on the community links the venue intends to encourage.

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Sir Ian McKellen: there will be no more British acting greats

15th November 2012

Sir Ian McKellen argues that today’s young actors will never develop into fine middle-aged performers because they have not honed their talents in repertory theatre. Britain will produce no more actors of the calibre of Dame Judi Dench or Sir Derek Jacobi because repertory theatre has died out, according to Sir Ian McKellen. Sir Ian said he would not have the career he has today without a grounding in regional rep. The current crop of actors, who go straight into television and film roles or appear in the occasional stage production, do not have the same experience.

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Danny Boyle accuses culture minister Maria Miller of 'outrageous' snub

15th November 2012

Two leading lights of Britain’s cultural life – Danny Boyle, who directed the Olympics opening ceremony, and Nicholas Hytner, chief of the National Theatre – have launched an uncompromising attack on the government’s stance on culture. Speaking after an event that brought together the heads of 23 of England’s leading regional theatres, Boyle told the Guardian that the lack of attention to the arts shown by the culture secretary, Maria Miller, was “outrageous”.

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South Bank ‘will not become mall’

15th November 2012

The directors of the Southbank Centre have vowed not to let it become a shopping mall despite hatching plans for major changes to the complex. They confirmed that more commercial units could be inserted into the arts centre — possibly at the existing skateboard area — but insisted they would protect the spirit of the place.

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Residents urged to have say on Bognor Regis’ £40m future plans that include new theatre

15th November 2012

Join in the consultation about the future of Bognor Regis, residents have been urged. Deputy town mayor Cllr Paul Wells said everyone with an interest in Bognor should take part in the consultation about its regeneration and that of the Regis Centre and Hothampton Car park and Queensway.

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