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Government publishes plans to cut entertainment licensing

12th September 2011

The government has published proposals to scrap many of the licensing regulations that campaigners claim are stifling live entertainment in the UK. The move was first mooted by tourism minister John Penrose in May of this year and the proposals have now been put out to consultation.

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Local government culture funding cut by £200m in 2010/11

12th September 2011

Local authority spending on culture fell by more than £200 million in 2010/11, according to figures just released by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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Byre raises curtain on brighter future

12th September 2011

After a year of turmoil, the future is looking brighter for the Byre Theatre — but officials admit difficult times may still lie ahead. The Byre suffered a blow last June when arts body Creative Scotland announced it was pulling the plug on the St Andrews theatre’s flexible funding, worth £160,000 a year.

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Newcastle Theatre Royal reopens after renovation

12th September 2011

Newcastle’s Theatre Royal will reopen following a six month, £5 million renovation project. The Grade I listed theatre’s Victorian auditorium has been recreated from the original architect Frank Matcham’s designs, which date back to 1901. New carpets, lighting, seats, wallpaper and gold-leaf plasterwork have all been refitted in the revamp.

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St Albans Trestle Theatre looks to future after Arts Council cuts

12th September 2011

A St Albans arts centre is closing to the public for part of its working week following a 100% cut in its funding. Trestle Theatre, which runs Trestle Arts Base, lost about £260,000 in this year’s Arts Council cuts, making it also unable to run its touring company. But it is now looking to a new future with a focus on arts provision for young people. It will also look at bringing a variety of small scale shows for all ages to the theatre.

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Exhibition: Bricks and Mortar - with a little gilt

9th September 2011

The Stephen Joseph Theatre are proud to be hosting an exhibition of Ian Grundy’s theatre architecture photographs illustrating the huge variety of venues in the UK. From Opera Houses to “Found Spaces”, from Victorian music halls to 21st Century playhouses, some are pretty others are atmospheric but all contribute to the cultural life of their area. The photographs date from the mid 1980’s to the present day.

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Conference: Power In Space - Historic architecture transfigured for contemporary culture

9th September 2011

FCBS & Buro Happold are organising an event which brings international designers and directors together to create lively and uplifting debate. Innovation in re-using existing buildings for contemporary culture and performance will provide the focus. It will be held at Bath Abbey, who are kindly donating the use of this glorious medieval church. As well as compelling talks by top class professionals they will also be engaging with the Abbey’s physical presence, using materials, light and sound to create a sensory and intellectual experience to remember.

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The Theatres Trust announces entrants for its People's Choice Award 2011

7th September 2011

For immediate release

The Theatres Trust are pleased to announce that the following products have been entered for our second People’s Choice Award at PLASA 2011, Earls Court, London.

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Press Coverage: Notes from the Chair of AD:uk on culture within the National Planning Policy Framework

6th September 2011

One of the noticeable differences between the Coalition government and the old administration is a significant reduction in the number of cultural initiatives coming out of the centre. Now I’ve said before that I don’t wish a return to the initiative overload we experienced under the previous regime, but it has taken some time to work out what the Coalition cultural policy actually is. That emerged – as I reported back in July – from the network meeting the Department of Culture, Media and Sport organises for local authorities. And the DCMS priorities, to reprise, are London 2012, contributing to growth, tourism and the school games, with arms-length support to the arts through the Arts Council of England, and a ‘localism’ approach to libraries, culture and heritage.

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Press Coverage: Cultural Response Paper Released by Theatres Trust on the National Planning Policy Framework

5th September 2011

In August this year The Theatres Trust sent out an urgent call to the cultural sector to respond to the omission of culture, the arts and theatres in the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework consultation paper.

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