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Parkwood Leisure to run Hazlitt Arts Centre

6th June 2013

Maidstone Borough Council has selected theatre and gym management organisation Parkwood Leisure as its preferred bidder to run Hazlitt Arts Centre in Kent.

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Campaign to keep traditional theatre lighting goes global

6th June 2013

More than 2,000 people from around the world, including the heads of lighting at prominent venues such as the National Theatre in London and New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, have joined a campaign aimed at protecting the traditional tungsten light bulb in stage productions.

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Failure of bid to re-establish Dudley Hippodrome as council cites ‘lack of viability’

5th June 2013

Dudley Hippodrome is to be demolished after the town’s council decided that a proposal from a local group, which wanted to restore the venue to its original use as a theatre, was “not viable”.

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Cost-cutting measures put future of Durham’s Lamplight Arts Centre in doubt

5th June 2013

Durham County Council has stated it is planning to lease Lamplight Arts Centre in Stanley to the local town council in a bid to make a yearly financial saving of £130,000.

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Crouch End nightclub to be transformed into theatre and cinema

5th June 2013

A former nightclub in north London is being converted into a new 90-seat theatre and cinema venue.

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Empty Barton Green Theatre in New Malden could be demolished by Kingston Council

5th June 2013

Kingston Council is considering whether to knock down a derelict New Malden theatre and rebuild it again from scratch. Leader of the council, Councillor Derek Osbourne, said Barton Green theatre could be knocked down as repairing the building would cost too much and would not be economically viable.

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Brighton and Hove Council backs open air theatre plan

4th June 2013

An outdoor theatre that was the dream of a Brighton playwright who died recently has been supported by the city’s council.

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£10,000 appeal for Whiteladies Picture House study launched

4th June 2013

A £10,000 fundraising appeal has been launched by a group aiming to return the derelict Whiteladies Picture House to its former glory. The cinema, which opened in 1921, has been empty for the last 12 years after showing its last film in 2001. In March, developers who wanted to turn the building into a gym and flats had their appeal against refusal of planning permission rejected. Now the campaign is looking for funds so that a full feasibility study, including a full structural survey and detailed architectural drawings, can take place.

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Liz Forgan: The City's wealth is not reaching the arts

4th June 2013

Liz Forgan, former head of the Arts Council, asks why our hedge fund managers – unlike Russian oligarchs – are not supporting their culture writes Rupert Christiansen for The Telegraph.


Fire at Crown Theatre in Eccles

3rd June 2013

Sunday 2nd June 2013 there was a fire at the listed Crown Theatre in Eccles.

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