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Lottery cash boost for Rothesay Pavilion project

19th November 2012

A project which aims to preserve one of Scotland’s most significant surviving Art Deco buildings has edged closer to obtaining £2.7m of lottery funding. Argyll and Bute Council and the Prince’s Regeneration Trust are leading efforts to repair and restore Grade-A listed Rothesay Pavilion.

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Edwardian Group acquires abandoned Theatre Royal in Manchester

19th November 2012

The owner of the Radisson Blu Edwardian Free Trade Hall hotel in Manchester has bought the Theatre Royal building next door. Plans for the vacant Grade II-listed venue – which was opened in 1845 and has been used as a cinema and nightclub – are yet to be finalised.

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Oldham wins funds to develop new heritage centre and theatre

19th November 2012

Labour council’s vision of the Pennine hill town as an attraction for a ‘new kind of visitor’ takes another step forward. Oldham has won initial Heritage Lottery funding for its proposed new Heritage Centre and Coliseum Theatre which would complete what the council describes as the ‘town jewels.’

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North East arts venues prepare for 100% cuts

16th November 2012

Major arts venues in Newcastle, including the Theatre Royal, Northern Stage, Tyneside Cinema and Seven Stories, have been warned to brace themselves for a 100% cut in funding from the city council. This would mean the Theatre Royal, the council’s principal beneficiary, losing more than £500,000 annually.

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Blog: Chichester Festival Theatre RENEW demolition underway

16th November 2012

On 27 October Private Lives drew to a close on an emotional night for the Theatre, and many of us felt a little pang of fearful disbelief at the thought of a cold winter with no Chichester Festival Youth Theatre or incoming touring productions to prop us up. But that is where the Theatre and its vagrant staff find themselves. Vagrant in a very comfortable sense, decamped in the Steven Pimlott building blogs Victor Manley Campaign Coordinator of Chichester Festival Theatre’s RENEW Campaign.

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Outdoor theatre mooted for Worcester

16th November 2012

A £10 million arts quarter in Worcester is being planned which would include a new studio theatre and outdoor performance space. An architectural firm is drawing up the designs, after a local businessman and arts supporter bought the site of an old porcelain factory close to Worcester city centre.

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The plight of regional theatres

15th November 2012

Danny Boyle and Sir Nicholas Hytner are fronting a campaign on the plight of regional theatres today. The BBC’s arts editor Will Gompertz explained that it is not an institution that finds radical change easy.

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Danny Boyle voices regional theatre fears

15th November 2012

Danny Boyle has requested a meeting with the prime minister to make the case for regional theatres, with venues at risk of closure from budget cuts. On Thursday 15 he joined artistic directors from theatres across England to highlight their plight. Boyle said he and Olympic Opening Ceremony collaborator Stephen Daldry hoped to ask David Cameron for “modest but sustained investment in the arts”.

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Danny Boyle on theatre 'opportunity'

15th November 2012

Danny Boyle has joined artistic directors from theatres across England to warn that further budget cuts could put regional theatres at risk.

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Cast is Doncaster's New Performance Venue name

15th November 2012

The name of Doncaster’s new multi-million pound performance venue has been revealed. ‘Cast’ has been selected following consultations with stakeholders and community groups for the £22 million site, which is part of the £300m The Civic and Cultural Quarter (CCQ) development. It is said to have been chosen because it includes Doncaster’s industrial heritage, theatrical ties and also plays on the community links the venue intends to encourage.

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