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Decision due on future of Corwen Pavilion

14th July 2011

A final decision on whether Denbighshire Council can demolish the Corwen Pavilion is expected to be taken on Tuesday 19th July. In a telephone conference with the judge presiding over the case yesterday, the authority was told it had a “formidable case” to knock it down.

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Workington Theatre Royal in need of cash and volunteers

14th July 2011

Workington’s Theatre Royal could be forced to close because of a shortage of cash and volunteers. The iconic building on Washington Street, built in 1845, is run entirely by volunteers from the Workington Playgoers. The theatre group, established in 1935, is able to meet its day-to-day running costs but needs more than £50,000 for a new boiler to heat the auditorium.

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Wanted - Caring, creative and hard-working new owner as Liverpool Lantern goes up for sale

14th July 2011

A fringe venue in Liverpool, which was transformed into a theatre two years ago, has been put up for sale. The Lantern Theatre’s owner is inviting proposals from organisations which are interested in buying the space. Co-owner Clare Keating said this was due to family and other work commitments. She said: “We have got another business, Tiny Giants, and the Lantern was always an extra to us. As it is, it is becoming more and more demanding and I have just had twins.

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Wilton’s back on top of theatres at risk

14th July 2011

Wilton’s Music Hall has returned to the top of the Theatre Buildings at Risk register, published annually by heritage body the Theatres Trust.

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Blog: Theatres at Risk 2011 – the impact of times of austerity and public services reform

14th July 2011

As The Theatres Trust’s 2011 Theatre Buildings at Risk Register is published today, Mhora Samuel, Director of independent advisory body The Theatres Trust explains what it aims to achieve, the current challenges facing theatre buildings and how local communities are helping to save their theatres.

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Arts Council conducts urgent review after finding error in funding applications

14th July 2011

Arts Council England conducted an urgent review of the funding applications of 66 arts organisations, after it emerged that an administrative error meant vital documents, including financial statements, were never seen by the officers deciding their fate. In a confidential internal letter, Althea Efunshile, the chief operating officer, says that in the case of 66 applicants “not all the documents supplied by them were uploaded” to the council’s computer system.

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New theatre group at The Acorn aims to give youngsters the chance to get creative

14th July 2011

A new young people’s theatre company is set to take up residence at the Acorn Arts Centre in Penzance. The brainchild of actor and storyteller John Brolly, the Acorn Young People’s Theatre Company is due to open in September when it will run an extensive range of classes for people aged from 2 to 25.

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Final curtain comes down on Burnley's forgotten theatre

14th July 2011

Hopes of rekindling Burnley’s Empire theatre appear to be dwindling as it became the fourth most endangered in the country, according to a report. The Theatres Trust’s national survey highlights 58 theatres ‘at risk’ of closure or never returning to their original purpose. Colin Sanderson, chairman of the Burnley Light Opera Society, has all but given up hope of seeing the Grade II listed building returned to its former glory.

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PLASA 2011 Seminar Programme Unveiled

14th July 2011

PLASA Events has announced the first details of the PLASA 2011 Education and Learning Programme, which runs on all four days of PLASA 2011, at Earls Court in London from 11-14 September 2011.

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Trust calls on communities to save 'at risk' theatres

14th July 2011

The Theatres Trust has called on local communities to fight to save theatre buildings which are at risk. Some 58 UK buildings are on the trust’s 2011 “at risk” register, with the Brighton Astoria and London’s Cochrane Theatre among those facing demolition. It said it hoped legislation, including the new Localism Bill, would empower groups and individuals to “take on the guardianship of theatres at risk”.

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