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Tapping into cultural tourism

10th February 2012

Culture can play an important role in motivating people to make a visit. Lorna Easton explains how arts organisations can make the most of the opportunities this presents. Britain’s culture and heritage attracts £4.5bn from international tourists – £500m of it spent directly at cultural and heritage attractions and events. Events, festivals, theatres, galleries and museums are all popular activities for tourists on holidays and short breaks – whether from the UK or overseas – which is why culture can help places to differentiate themselves.

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Hopes that £750k new Belper school theatre could spawn stars of future

10th February 2012

Treading the boards at a £750,000 community theatre could be the first step towards a dream career in acting, according to a successful TV star. Sean McKenzie, who has acted in TV hits including Downton Abbey, Casualty and Shameless, helped open the newly refurbished theatre at Belper School yesterday. The theatre has been renovated thanks to a donation from a trust set up by Audley Bowdler Williamson, the inventor of Swarfega.

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Weymouth Pavilion saved after council cuts U-turn

10th February 2012

A council-run theatre in Dorset has been saved from closure after a funding cut was reversed by councillors. Weymouth Pavilion has been given £60,000 back by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council. Councillor Andy Blackwood said: “We’ve got a green light to carry on and run the pavilion and have it open when the Olympics is on.”

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Trust helps protect Worthing theatres’ futures

10th February 2012

A Trust which had hoped to take over the running of Worthing’s theatres has been helping to protect the facilities’ future. Last year, the Worthing Theatres Trust was one of several organisations to submit a bid to become the operator of the town’s four entertainment venues – the Pavilion, the Connaught, RitzDigital and the Assembly Hall.

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Letter: Bring a theatre back to the Great Yarmouth Regent

10th February 2012

Letter as published in the Great Yarmouth Mercury I contacted my local councillor re the old Mecca in Regent Road and Great Yarmouth and the possibility about returning it to being a theatre. He told me to get on to the leader of the council Mr Stephen Ames, and it took a number of emails for him to return mine with a flat no, it would not be looked at.

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Bristol Old Vic: The show must go on

10th February 2012

Bristol Old Vic is in the throes of a major facelift – and with the main auditorium out of commission, the BOV team has been forced to improvise to keep performances going. Eleanor Turney finds out how.

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St. James Theatre, London’s newest theatre will offer a range of entertainment from September 2012

9th February 2012

St. James Theatre, the first newly built theatre complex in central London in 30 years, will open to the public in September 2012. Rising from the site of the former Westminster Theatre at 12 Palace Street, in the heart of Victoria, the space will include a 312 seat theatre, a studio space, brasserie and bar. Entirely funded by private investment, and designed and built to the highest standards, St. James Theatre will be one of the most luxurious venues in which to enjoy ambitious, quality theatre programming.

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Men arrested for metal theft after being found in derelict Farnham Redgrave theatre in Farnham

9th February 2012

Surrey Police received a report from a member of the public of a potential burglary in action at the former Redgrave Theatre in Brightwells Road at around 3.30pm 3 February. Following liaison with Waverley Borough Council, officers were allowed entry in to the property and found the two men, aged 28 and 32, inside. A bag containing copper wiring was found within the building.

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New Off-West End venue to replace Westminster Theatre after ten-year wait

9th February 2012

A replacement for the old Westminster Theatre will finally open this autumn, following a protracted and sometimes bitter decade-long battle to create a new purpose-built, mid-scale theatre in central London. The St James Theatre will launch at the end of September, housed in a residential development near the Victoria Palace Theatre on the site of the old Westminster Theatre.

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Southampton Mayflower chief executive to retire

9th February 2012

Dennis Hall, chief executive of the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, is to retire after 26 years in the post. He will leave the venue on October 31 and the theatre is beginning its search for a new chief executive.

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