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Bristol Old Vic reveals 250th Anniversary revamp next phase shortlist

3rd November 2012

The Bristol Old Vic has shortlisted six practices to tender for the redesign of the theatre’s 250th anniversary works project. Allies & Morrison, Eric Parry Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Haworth Tompkins, Ian Ritchie Architects and Levitt Bernstein were selected from 43 entries.

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Gedling council promises £250k to Bonington Arnold theatre revamp

2nd November 2012

Bonington Theatre and Arnold Leisure Centre in Arnold are being refurbished by Gedling Borough Council. The council’s previous Conservative administration had planned to demolish the two facilities.

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Nantymoel's Berwyn Centre fight escalates as community centre closes

1st November 2012

More than than a century of history will come to an end tomorrow when a historic Ogmore Valley community centre closes its doors to the public. But campaigners say their fight to save Nantymoel’s Berwyn Centre is far from over. Bridgend Council has fast-tracked plans to close and demolish the cherished former miners’ hall, which has been a mainstay of the upper Ogmore Valley for more than 110 years.

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Sleaford Playhouse plans to go back to Georgian roots

1st November 2012

Sleaford Playhouse, one of just two Georgian playhouse buildings in the country, has been awarded a £5,000 grant by the Theatres Protection Fund’s Small Grants Scheme to restore the building to its Georgian roots. The Grade II listed building will be undergoing a fenestration project on its windows, and in a twist of fate, the works will be carried out by stonemason Phil Topholme, whose father Bill Topholme removed and renovated the original stone work back in 1947.

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HQ Theatres adds Crewe’s Lyceum Theatre to portfolio

1st November 2012

Venue operator HQ Theatres has been appointed to manage Crewe’s Lyceum Theatre from the new year. The local council has run the building up until now, but put the venue up for tender earlier this year to reduce its annual contributions. The new management deal will save Cheshire East Council in excess of £140,000 in yearly subsidy.

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Dungannon's Ranfurly House Arts Centre opens

1st November 2012

The First Minister, Rt Hon Peter Robinson MLA, and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, MP MLA officially opened the new heritage park, Hill of The O’Neill and the adjoining Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre on Wednesday 24th October 2012. The building, which includes a fully staffed tourism information centre and shop also doubles as an arts facility, with a multi-functional black box theatre, lecture and conference space, exhibition areas, and a suite of arts studios.

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Burslem panto in peril after roof repairs dispute with Stoke-on-Trent City Council

1st November 2012

Bosses at the Queens Theatre, in Burslem, say Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s failure to fix the building’s roof is causing water to leak into its dressing rooms every time it rains. Kilnstone Properties, which runs the theatre, is 10 years into a 100-year lease on the property. However, the council retains responsibility for maintenance insurance at the Wedgwood Street venue.

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Great Yarmouth's St George's Theatre opens after delays

31st October 2012

Great Yarmouth’s St George’s Theatre housed in a Grade I listed chapel, has reopened following a £7.5m restoration.

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Arts Council England announce details of its new structure

31st October 2012

Arts Council England has announced details of its new structure, which comes into operation on 1 July 2013. The changes come as a result of the Government’s requirement – made as part of the settlement for 2011-15 – that they reduce their administrative costs, as applied to their grant in aid for the arts by the end of March 2015.

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Abbeydale Picture House in Sheffield sold at auction

30th October 2012

Abbeydale Picture House, which was owned by a community group, was run as an arts venue before being repossessed by the bank earlier this year. It has now been sold at auction. The Grade II listed venue which is approximately 2,433 sq metres (26,190 sq ft) sold for the guide price of £150,000. A spokesman for the buyer said the building “was not financially viable” to be used as a theatre in the future.

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