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‘Arts worth £5.9bn to UK economy’ says independent report

7th May 2013

Arts Council England has published the findings of an independent report claiming that the arts and culture sector accounts for 0.4% of gross domestic product, with £5.9 billion worth of gross value added to the UK economy in 2011.

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We're worth four times what you pay for us, arts leaders tell Government

7th May 2013

The British arts community has hit back at government demands to focus on economics and profitability by producing a report showing it offers the country blockbuster profits on the back of arthouse funding.

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Theatre Book Prize goes to Ian Kelly for Samuel Foote biography

7th May 2013

Ian Kelly has been awarded this year’s Theatre Book Prize for his biography of playwright Samuel Foote.

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Plymouth's acclaimed TR2 takes a 10th birthday curtain-call

6th May 2013

It’s curtain up on the tenth anniversary celebrations for the theatre complex which helped put Plymouth on the world stage.

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Music legends appear on Stockton Globe Theatre facade

6th May 2013

Names and faces of legendary bands and artists have appeared on the front of a theatre in Stockton.

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Aberdeen's Capitol Theatre set for £30m redevelopment into offices

3rd May 2013

Aberdeen’s historic Capitol Theatre is set for a £30m redevelopment into offices. Knight Property Group has unveiled plans for the Union Street building, which dates back to 1933. The developer is consulting with Aberdeen City Council and Historic Scotland over its art deco features.

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Wyvern Theatre in Swindon looks to 'commercial' programme

3rd May 2013

Concerns have been raised that cuts to Swindon theatres’ budgets will limit their ability to “take creative risks”. The borough council is looking at ways to reduce or eliminate running costs at authority-run venues, including the Wyvern Theatre and the Arts Centre.

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Margate Dreamland compulsory purchase by Thanet Council backed by judge

2nd May 2013

A decision to grant a compulsory purchase order for Margate’s disused Dreamland theme park has been backed by a High Court judge.

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Jez Bond: 'Does London need another theatre?'

2nd May 2013

Dominic Cavendish from The Telegraph meets Jez Bond, theatreland’s most audacious youngish whippersnapper, as his new London venue, The Park, prepares to open.


We know spending on the arts makes big money for Britain. So why cut it?

2nd May 2013

Whingeing luvvies are easily mocked but it just doesn’t make sense to give way to this purblind, anti-cultural bias writes Polly Toynbee for The Guardian.


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