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Sell Leicester Haymarket for £1 to save £150,000 pa cost to taxpayer, says Leicester councillor

15th January 2013

A disused theatre should be sold for just £1 so it no longer leaves taxpayers with a yearly bill of £150,000, a councillor has suggested. The Haymarket Theatre closed in 2007 and efforts by Leicester City Council to find a buyer have so far failed. The council, which is about a third of the way through a 99-year lease on the former 753-seat venue, is looking to dispose of it for £500,000. But Liberal Democrat councillor Nigel Porter said the asking price was putting off potential purchasers.

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Campaigners want Stanford Hall Theatre restored to its former glory

15th January 2013

A group of thespians and theatre-lovers have launched a petition to safeguard the future of Stanford Hall theatre and its Wurlitzer organ. A planning application was submitted in December to turn the derelict grade-II listed stately home near Rempstone into a Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) for injured servicemen. But members of Stanford Hall Users Group have launched an online petition, which challenges the application’s approach to the theatre.

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Government risks “starving the young of arts” – ACE chair Liz Forgan

15th January 2013

Outgoing Arts Council England chair Liz Forgan has used her farewell speech to launch a heartfelt plea to education secretary Michael Gove not to rob the next generation of its “birthright” by leaving culture out of the national curriculum. In her valedictory speech, entitled A Farewell to Arts and delivered at the British Museum this week, Forgan rounds specifically on Gove in a speech that was peppered with criticism of politicians and their relationships with the arts.

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Sheffield arts venues face council cuts

15th January 2013

Theatres and museums in Sheffield are to have their city council funding cut by up to 20% as the local authority attempts to save a total of £50m. The Crucible and Lyceum venues, run by Sheffield Theatres, will lose £106,000.

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Rhyl attractions revamp plan including Pavilion Theatre takes step forward

15th January 2013

Plans to radically overhaul some of Rhyl’s key attractions have taken a step forward. A planned £18m investment could see the Sun Centre pool complex replaced by an aquatic centre, and improvements to the Pavilion Theatre and Sky Tower.

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The £7million regeneration project at Plymouth Theatre Royal

14th January 2013

The big drama at the Theatre Royal Plymouth this year is the £7million regeneration project. The venue will close for six months from early April for the extensive work to be done.

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The MAC Belfast shortlisted for 2013 Designs of the Year revealed

14th January 2013

The Shard, the Mac and Museum of Innocence make shortlist for 2013 Designs of the Year. Altogether more than 90 designs have been nominated for the annual awards, with categories spanning architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product and transport.

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Ludlow Assembly Rooms reaches funding deal with Shropshire County Council

12th January 2013

Ludlow Assembly Rooms has taken a major step towards securing its future after reaching a deal with Shropshire County Council which is pouring more than £250,000 into the arts and community building over the next four years.

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Warning for theatre bodies over new charity rules

11th January 2013

Industry figures have warned that new legislation for organisations wishing to register as charities will cause delays in gaining funding and “widespread confusion” for arts bodies that choose to adopt it. Under the legislation, organisations wanting to become a CIO, which offers the benefit of limited liability, will have only to apply to the Charity Commission, whereas previously they would also have had to apply to Companies House.

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Bangor university's Pontio: Work starts on arts centre

11th January 2013

The foundation stone has been laid for a new £44m arts and innovation centre in Bangor, Gwynedd, during a ceremony to mark the start of building work. Pontio will house a new theatre, cinema, restaurant, bars, student union and teaching and learning spaces. The Bangor University-led centre, which will be open to the community, is likely to be ready by 2014.

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