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Blog: Chichester Festival Theatre Rebuild begins

9th February 2013

Christmas and New Year halted RENEW’s progress for a little while, but it was heartening to come back on-site for 2013 and find our main contractor, Osborne, already present and at work. We have passed the £21 million mark for pledges to RENEW, leaving a vital £1 million left to raise. Various events and a raffle for a wonderful 5-star exotic holiday will be running throughout 2013, so there are still plenty of opportunities to support.

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Arts campaigners welcome Gove’s EBacc U-turn

7th February 2013

Proposals to replace GCSEs with an English Baccalaureate qualification that did not include arts subjects have been dropped by the government. Arts campaigners who had opposed the EBacc proposals have welcomed the news.

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Campaigners win fight to save Weymouth Pavilion after councillors pave way for takeover

6th February 2013

Those fighting to save Weymouth Pavilion are delighted after councillors paved the way for them to take over the theatre. While there is more discussion ahead, the decision could effectively save the much-loved Pavilion from demolition and enable the community to take it off the council’s hands. The decision by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s management committee yesterday was a recommendation and the full council will have the final say on February 21.

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Evening Talk: John Major Music Halls

5th February 2013

Join Former Prime Minister John Major as he reveals his own unconventional family past and explores the richly colourful story of the British music hall, In collaboration with Harper Press.

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Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre back on the market

4th February 2013

Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre, which closed in 2011, is again being advertised as up for sale. The Broadway Theatre reopened in February 2011, having initially gone dark in 2009, but closed again only six months later, soon after it had emerged that Paul Parker, chief executive of StageLive, the company running the theatre, was in fact the disgraced producer Paul Coxwell, who had been jailed for VAT fraud amounting to £500,000 in 2009.

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Liverpool's Everyman for Everyone portrait wall revealed

4th February 2013

In 2012 the Liverpool Everyman invited people to take part in a photography project to create a Portrait Wall on the front of the new Everyman. Designed by architect Steve Tompkins, this large-scale artwork is a powerful expression of the fact that the Everyman is and always will be for everyone. Photo sessions were held at venues across the city and many hundreds came along to take part. The Portrait Wall will encapsulate the spirit of a building that truly will be an Everyman for Everyone.

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The Brunton Musselburgh completes £3.7 million transformation

4th February 2013

East Lothian is welcoming an exciting new events space this year, as the main hall of The Brunton in Musselburgh opens its doors following a £3.7 million refurbishment.

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Heritage Lottery Fund gives £2.5m to National Theatre

4th February 2013

The National Theatre has received £2.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards its £70 million NT Future project.

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Simon Tait: The regions are the lifeblood of British theatre

4th February 2013

Congratulations to West End theatres which seemed to have turned what many expected to be a disastrous year in 2012 into a bumper one – not as good as the record of 2009, but close and this year might well get closer. As Julian Bird, the chief executive of the Society of London Theatre, sees it, it’s thanks to the extraordinary quality of straight plays currently on offer – audiences for them up 9% compared with a drop of 3% for musicals – and a restrained ticketing policy which has actually seen a slight reduction in average pricing.

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Queen Marys reopens the People’s Palace – an iconic East End venue

2nd February 2013

When the original People’s Palace opened in 1887, one and a half million people visited the building in just one year, flocking to the east London venue for entertainment, education and recreation. Following a £6m refurbishment project to restore the building and install new technology, Queen Mary, University of London will relaunch the People’s Palace in February 2013 as a venue for both students and the community.

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