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Newark Palace Theatre faces reduced opening

4th January 2012

Newark Palace Theatre looks set to cut the number of days it opens its doors in a bid to save money. Newark and Sherwood District Council has said it needs to reduce the amount of subsidy it pays to the theatre by about £100,000. The plan would see the theatre cut its opening days to five a week along with moves to increase ticket prices.

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Steering a new cultural future for Fife's Gardners Hall

4th January 2012

An organisation aiming to create a community arts and culture centre looks to have secured the cut-price ownership of Buckhaven’s Free Gardners Hall. But the group insists it now needs public support in its bid to transform the disused venue. The Free Gardeners Hall Steering Group has been selected by Fife Council as its preferred bidder for the College Street building, which was available for only £2760 as part of its community ownership scheme.

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Blog: New year, new approach to wellbeing?

3rd January 2012

Why have arts and heritage been left out of the government’s consultation on national wellbeing, asks John Holden

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Council in talks over Witney Corn Exchange report

31st December 2011

A report detailing the full extent of problems with Witney’s Corn Exchange could be released in two weeks. Witney Town Council closed the Market Square community hall after a report showed the heating and ventilation system was in danger of “imminent failure” but the report has never been released to the public.

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Crumbling Harperley PoW camp and theatre gets £500,000

30th December 2011

A former World War II prisoner of war camp is to undergo repairs thanks to a donation of £500,000. English Heritage is spending the money on the canteen and theatre at Harperley camp near Crook, County Durham. Now English Heritage is hoping to save the camp and will carry out repairs at the site over two years. It is hoped it will become a tourist attraction.

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Great support for bid to save hidden gem of Hulme Hippodrome

28th December 2011

Tony Wright has taken on the challenge of a lifetime to save the huge Grade II listed building in Hulme which once hosted Laurel and Hardy and The Beatles. With an ornate three-tier theatre and ballroom, it is likely cost around £20m to renovate. But since being featured in the M.E.N three months ago Tony, operations manager for social enterprise Youth Village, says he has been inundated with offers of help.

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Planning laws threaten local theatres

26th December 2011

The National Planning Policy Framework has already been criticised for threatening the countryside, historic buildings and even ancient woodland. Now it has emerged there is nothing in the document to protect cultural facilities like theatres, which contribute to the spirit of many communities. The Theatres Trust, an advisory body to the Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS), fears that the “presumption in favour of sustainable development” could encourage builders to knock down performing arts centres to build offices or expensive housing.

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Wave of support secures Hull Truck Theatre's future

26th December 2011

Hull Truck Theatre’s future is secure after theatre-goers rescued it from a £500,000 funding crisis. The theatre made a desperate plea for support after soaring overheads, funding cuts and dwindling audiences left it facing the major cash shortfall over four years.

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Newcastle Theatre Royal photographs raise cash

24th December 2011

Photographs telling the story of a theatre’s transformation are raising money for a charity close to their creator’s heart. Amateur Tyneside photographer Rory Gibson, 53, was at Tyneside’s Theatre Royal day and night while work to revamp the Victorian building was carried out. Pieced together, his images show stage-by-stage a city’s theatre painstakingly restored to its former glory.

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ACE’s Roddy Gauld named Bolton Octagon chief executive

23rd December 2011

Roddy Gauld, currently director of National Portfolio at Arts Council England, has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Octagon Theatre in Bolton. At the Octagon Theatre he replaces John Blackmore, who is leaving to pursue his freelance work as a theatre consultant following twelve years at the venue.

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