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Campaign to save Dudley Hippodrome launch a Friends of group

16th April 2012

A former theatre could once again become the showbiz heart of Dudley after a new action group was formed to help save it from demolition. Campaigners are stepping up their battle to secure a future for the former Dudley Hippodrome in Castle Hill and want to see it restored to its former glory.

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Harriet Harman writes to Jeremy Hunt about capping tax relief for arts donors

12th April 2012

Shadow culture secretary Harriet Harman has written to her government counterpart Jeremy Hunt asking him to “stand up for the arts” and to reconsider the cap on tax relief for charitable donations announced in the Budget. Chancellor George Osborne announced in the Budget that tax reliefs will be capped at £50,000 or 25% of a person’s income, whichever is higher, from 2013. However, philanthropists and charities have hit out at the move.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber sells Palace Theatre

12th April 2012

Andrew Lloyd Webber has sold London’s Palace Theatre in order to fund refurbishment on his London Palladium venue. Lord Lloyd-Webber, who has owned the Palace since 1983, said: “I am selling the Palace Theatre because I love it.” The famous venue has been sold to Nimax Theatres for an undisclosed sum.

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Cameron urged to help save Bradford Odeon

12th April 2012

Newly-elected Bradford West MP George Galloway has written to David Cameron calling for an “urgent inquiry” into the former Odeon cinema building which has lain derelict for more than a decade after an ambitious plan to demolish it and create a mixed use development appeared to have hit the buffers.

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Council reports Marlowe Theatre deficit

12th April 2012

Canterbury’s £25.6m Marlowe Theatre has recorded a £236,000 deficit during its first six months of trading, according to a report put before Canterbury City Council’s executive. The report, however, expressed confidence that the financial issues had been mainly caused by “one-off start-up costs” and issues only identifiable once the venue had opened.

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Arts Council Wales revised funding guidelines

11th April 2012

ACW has revised its funding guidelines from April. From April 30th, applicants will be able to apply online for grants. They have also increased deadlines for large grants from twice a year to quarterly and there is now a rolling programme of small and International Opportunities Funding grants with no fixed deadlines. They will accept eligible applications at any time and make decisions on a rolling basis.

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Southborough's Royal Victoria Hall theatre facing closure

10th April 2012

A campaign is under way to save a small local theatre in west Kent which is facing closure due to lack of bookings. The Royal Victoria Hall in Southborough loses more than £50,000 a year. The town council meets the shortfall but says it must be significantly reduced. The theatre was built to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria and opened to the public in 1900.

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Charcoalblue project The Royal Shakespeare Theatre wins American USITT Award

10th April 2012

London-based theatre design consultancy Charcoalblue’s work is clearly making waves on both sides of the ‘pond’ as the multi-award winning transformation of the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres wins the prestigious USITT 2012 Architecture Honor Award.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber calls for help to save crumbling theatres

10th April 2012

Theatres Protection Fund to receive £125,000 from Andrew Lloyd Webber, with call for other successful writers and producers to give something back

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Not looking out for the little guy: Mhora Samuel examines how budget VAT increases will affect listed theatres

9th April 2012

On 21 March the Government announced proposals to introduce standard rate VAT on approved alterations to listed buildings owned or run by charities. On first sight this might appear to affect many theatres. The Theatres Trust estimates that around 750 theatres are listed across the UK – a significant number given that there are approximately 2,150 theatres in the UK, over half of which operate as theatres.

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