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Norwich Puppet Theatre: Tinderbox marks 'new beginning'

19th December 2012

A puppet theatre which stood on the brink of collapse is celebrating a “new beginning” with its first home-grown production in seven years. The theatre, one of only two in England dedicated to puppetry, faced closure in 2008 when the Arts Council withdrew funding. The venue played host to touring shows and was made available for hire to help pay for running costs. Now grants have been secured from The Monument Trust and Arts Council England to allow in-house productions to resume.

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Bournemouth Winter Garden plans withdrawn as council says "we can't afford another Imax"

19th December 2012

Plans for Bournemouth’s Winter Gardens site have been withdrawn at the 11th hour so a new version can be prepared. Bournemouth planners voted to reject the £75million plan including 141 flats, a cinema, hotel, restaurants and parking on the land once occupied by the concert hall.

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Weymouth Pavilion supporters told to 'use it or lose it'

18th December 2012

USE it or lose it’ – that’s the message for Weymouth Pavilion supporters. Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s spokesman for tourism Ian Bruce said people need to make use of the authority-owned theatre, which faces closure and demolition because of increasing maintenance costs.

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Broadway Theatre’s Council grant is axed

16th December 2012

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has confirmed plans to terminate all of its grant funding to The Broadway theatre. The council’s grant funding will end on March 31, 2012. According to a statement released by the venue, despite cutting support to the Broadway, the council says it plans to keep the theatre open for limited use.

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Basildon new cinema and market plans agreed by council with extension proposals for Towngate Theatre

14th December 2012

A new cinema, market and bus station are to be built as part of a Basildon’s town centre redevelopment. Basildon Borough Council’s cabinet agreed a masterplan for the town’s redevelopment over the next five years. Longer-term proposals, such as extending the Towngate Theatre, have also been included.

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Minehead's Regal Theatre to reopen in late December after refurbishment

14th December 2012

The Regal Theatre in Minehead will reopen to the public later this month following a £300,000 refurbishment to help improve public access. A meeting was held on Monday to assess the progress of the project. It was decided that it will open in time for this year’s pantomime, with the first performance on 29 December.

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HLF gives £1.2m to Chichester Festival Theatre restoration

14th December 2012

Chichester Festival Theatre has received a grant of £1.2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards its redevelopment project. The HLF grant will support the restoration of the grade-II listed theatre, which will include re-instating 100 seats in the balconies, removing additional extensions made to the original 1962 building and adding extra dressing rooms, office space and backstage technical facilities. There will also be extra toilets and improved disabled access.

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Fin Kennedy: Calling all Theatre-Makers! An extraordinary challenge from Culture Minister Ed Vaizey

14th December 2012

Earlier this week, I attended the Performers’ Alliance Parliamentary reception, co-hosted by Equity, the Musician’s Union and The Writers’ Guild. It’s an annual event in the Terrace Pavilion in Parliament, and a chance for actors, musicians and writers to meet MPs and discuss any issues of concern. The Culture Minister and Shadow Culture Minister both come along and make speeches (Ed Vaizey and Dan Jarvis respectively) as do representatives from each union. MPs with an interest in culture also attend, like Ben Bradshaw, former Labour Culture Secretary and now member of the Culture Select Committee.

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Theatre leaders call for inclusion of creative subjects In English Baccalaureate

13th December 2012

Leaders of the UK’s theatre industry have added their support to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)’s recommendation that a creative or technical subject be included in the new EBacc qualification.

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Ayr Gaiety Theatre reopens after four years of refurbishment

13th December 2012

Ayr Gaiety theatre, a popular entertainment venue in Ayrshire, has reopened after four years of refurbishment. It closed its doors to the public in 2008 for repairs to its main auditorium. It reopened on Tuesday 11th December.

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