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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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Curtain up on Capita's Sherman Cymru Cardiff theatre revamp

6th April 2012

The Sherman Cymru theatre in Cardiff has re-opened following a £6.5 million refurbishment overseen by Capita Symonds. The revamp of the 1973 twin-auditorium venue included a new shell, redesigned foyer space, improved rehearsal space and a dedicated room for writers’ workshops. The scheme was led by architect Jonathan Adams at Capita Architecture, who also designed the Wales Millennium Centre.

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Opera-loving 'angel' makes donation to the tune of £10k for King’s Head theatre

6th April 2012

An opera-loving “angel” has come to the aid of Islington’s financially strapped King’s Head theatre with a donation of £10,000. Hampstead businessman John Keevill is so smitten by the popular small operas presented regularly the pub theatre that he has also invested £5,000 in the current production of Carmen due to finish on May 6.

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‘Sea change’ plan for historic Scarborough Futurist

5th April 2012

The historic Futurist Theatre could be transformed into a hotel with panoramic viewing platforms over the stunning South Bay vista. The radical proposal for a “new street towards the sea” has been submitted to Scarborough Council with scope for a cinema and restaurant complex on the site. The move, which is only currently at tentative stages, also includes drawings which would bring King Street further into the town centre, by providing a plethora of new shops, restaurants and bars.

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New C&C Skills survey to understand the success of British theatre

5th April 2012

Creative & Cultural Skills, Arts Council England, and Nesta have joined forces to commission new, independent research into the influence of the subsidised theatre on commercial theatre, with a view to gaining a greater understanding of the role of public investment in the arts.

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Lloyd Webber pledges theatre cash to Theatres Trust

4th April 2012

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s charitable foundation will donate £125,000 which will help support refurbishment projects at local theatres. The money is being given to the Theatres Trust to help launch its Theatres Protection Fund. Venues that hope to improve “their physical condition, accessibility and operational viability” will be able to apply for a grant of £5,000 at a time.

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