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Live music red tape lifted for small venues

1st October 2012

Venues with a capacity of under 200 people will no longer need a licence for live amplified music. The change in law is part of a government move to free businesses from red tape, which ministers say will give them more freedom to grow. UK Music, which represents the music industry, estimates that the Live Music Act could enable 13,000 more venues to start holding live music events.

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Creative Scotland reveals £6m for Scottish theatre projects

1st October 2012

Creative Scotland has announced that 17 projects, five of of them theatre-based, are to share nearly £15 million of capital grants this year.

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In the know: What became of the Mermaid Theatre at Blackfriars?

30th September 2012

Away from the West End thespian heartland, the Mermaid Theatre nonetheless had a place in Londoners’ hearts, but what became of the Mermaid Theatre at Blackfriars?

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Coventry City Council could cut 18 arts jobs including at the Belgrade Coventry

30th September 2012

Eighteen jobs from two museums and a theatre in Coventry could be cut as part of council plans to save £700,000. People working at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, the Transport Museum and the Belgrade Theatre would be affected by the proposals.

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Lenny Henry backs move to save Dudley Hippodrome

29th September 2012

Black Country funnyman Lenny Henry threw his weight behind the campaign to save Dudley Hippodrome when he visited a foundry in his home town.

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Bully for you! New St James Theatre is hailed ‘once in a generation’ as it takes first bow

28th September 2012

The St James Theatre in Victoria was opened to the public for the first time this week, and as the critics took the measure of its first show, Bully Boy, James Albrecht told the West End Extra: “It’s incredibly rare that a brand-new theatre pops up around here. It’s a phenomenally expensive thing to do, you have to have some courage, especially in these austere times.”

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Do theatres really need so many suits?

28th September 2012

Francis Reid, writing in The Stage recently, suggested that perhaps too many theatres have now become managerially top heavy.

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Bristol Theatre Royal reopens following major refurb

27th September 2012

Bristol’s historic Theatre Royal has reopened its newly refurbished auditorium to rapturous applause following a £12million redevelopment, which drew on the expertise of design consultancy Charcoalblue LLP. The Grade I-listed 1780’s Georgian theatre, which is home to Bristol Old Vic, has been sensitively refurbished to upgrade and install modern technology into the original auditorium.

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Nominations announced for 2012 Theatre Awards UK

27th September 2012

The Theatrical Management Association (TMA) has announced the nominations for its Theatre Awards UK 2012 - formerly known as the TMAs.

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Blog: Maria Miller on her new job, and a long to-do list

27th September 2012

This is the first of what I hope will be a regular series of blogs from me – and my fellow ministers – talking about what the department has been doing, or what’s coming up. But they should give you a sense not just of what we’re up to, but also why we’re doing it blogs new Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport Maria Miller for the DCMS Blog..


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