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Town asks for cash to take over Sidmouth Manor Pavilion theatre

12th January 2012

Sidmouth town councillors have submitted an application for funding to the district council which will enable them to realise a long-standing aim and take over the town’s much-loved theatre. A formal request has been made for a portion of the Section 106 money that will be forthcoming from developer Zero C which has permission to convert the now demolished Fortfield Hotel into 31 flats. The funds will enable the town council to take over the Manor Pavilion from East Devon District Council which currently owns and manages the theatre.

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No mention of cultural activity in proposed measures of wellbeing

12th January 2012

A Government-sponsored consultation seeking to identify the factors that influence national wellbeing makes no explicit mention of the arts or creativity, suggesting that cultural activity could be excluded from future statistical measures of quality of life.

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Blog: Lights go out on Barking Broadway

11th January 2012

As AI reported before Christmas and others have caught on to this week, the Broadway Theatre has lost its entire local authority funding despite a triumphant artistic year following the Arts Council’s uplift in its grant by more than 50% in recognition of the work it was doing blogs Taitmail in AI.

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RADA acquires lease for London's Drill Hall

11th January 2012

RADA has bought the lease for the Drill Hall in central London, renaming it RADA Studios. According to a statement issued by the drama school, the acquisition will “ensure the academy’s financial self-sufficiency in the future, providing further opportunity for income generation”.

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Curtains open on exciting times ahead for the Alnwick Playhous

11th January 2012

Breathing new life into the Alnwick Playhouse, theatre manager Jo Potts has launched the first of a number of projects to update the venue. And she has grand plans for the long-term future of the arts centre, which she thinks can be bigger, better and more accessible to everyone in Northumberland.

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Architects sought for Tara Arts Theatre refurbishment, London

11th January 2012

The Tara Arts Theatre is seeking design teams to design and manage the restoration of their theatre in south London. [Requests to participate should be received by 8 February 2012] .

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New Kingston Rose theatre boss says no more public money is 'ultimate aim'

11th January 2012

The new chief executive of Kingston’s Rose Theatre says music, the right mix of plays and touring of successful productions can attract more people to the venue and make more money. When Robert O’Dowd took over before Christmas, the Rose said he would broaden the theatre’s horizons and attract new revenues.

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Royal Shakespeare Company could build flatpack Stratford replica in London

10th January 2012

The Royal Shakespeare Company will build a flatpack replica of its 975-seat Stratford theatre to use in London if new proposals are adopted.

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Redevelopment of Queen's Hall, Twickenham to incorporate 5 new flats

10th January 2012

Planning Application: 11/3695/FUL

London Borough of Richmond has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for partial demolition of the existing building and redevelopment for D2 use and 5 new flats at The Queen’s Hall in Twickenham.

The Theatres Trust supported the application. Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning application online, please click here and enter the application number and click search.


Two secret backers for new Telford theatre campaign

10th January 2012

Campaigners planning a new theatre in Shifnal have had an unexpected New Year present, with secret donors giving hundreds of pounds towards a fighting fund. Shifnal Theatre Committee wants to turn the site occupied by the town’s former magistrate’s court into a special space for the arts and fun, from drama and dance to music and movies.

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