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Above The Stag fringe venue in urgent search for new home

1st March 2012

London fringe theatre Above the Stag has launched a search for a new home, after its current space was earmarked for demolition. Westminster Council served a compulsory purchase order on the Stag pub, which will be demolished as part of the Victoria redevelopment project. The theatre team has to vacate its premises in rooms above the site by the end of March.

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Symposium: The Architecture of Performance Buildings for Drama and Music 1900-2000 28 April

1st March 2012

This Symposium will bring together scholars from a variety of backgrounds. Papers will consider topics including theatre’s place in the city; the conversion of existing buildings for performance; and the design of experimental spaces.

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Walk: OLT History of Theatreland and Haunted Theatreland

1st March 2012

Official London Theatre is proud to offer two walking tours for 2012; our classic History of Theatreland tour that explores the rich cultural history of London’s Theatreland and a brand new tour Haunted Theatreland that will give you an insight into London theatre’s dark and spooky past.

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Blog: A light goes out in Cumbria with the closure of the Lanternhouse

1st March 2012

A small arts centre put Furness on the cultural map in a very big way, but 82 percent of its funding disappeared with Arts Council cuts. So it closes next month with the loss of six jobs. And much else blogs Alan Sykes for The Guardian Northerner Blog.


Stage set for more new homes in centre of Chatham on site of derelict theatre

1st March 2012

Affordable homes are to be built on the site of a derelict Kent Theatre Royal which once saw the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel grace its stage. The theatre was built in 1899 but has been unoccupied since its closure in 1955. A local campaign to restore the 3,000-seat venue to its former glory was eventually abandoned in 2002.

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Blog: Innovative learning opportunity at New Diorama

29th February 2012

The New Diorama Theatre may be a fringe venue but it is only just north of Euston Road so it’s pretty central and accessible. And, since the departure of resident company Quicksilver last year after the axeing of that group’s ACE funding, director David Byrne has worked indefatigably to put the venue on the map without the specificity of a single resident company blogs Susan Elkin from The Stage.

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New arts venue In a lorry container for Deptford

29th February 2012

There’s a new venue on the New Cross/Deptford border – a 40ft lorry container. Yes, a lorry container. It will host live music, poetry readings, theatre, a cinema club, and comedy bingo from someone who goes by the name of Frog Morris.

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Group bid to keep Darlington Arts Centre open

29th February 2012

A community group has come up with a plan to save Darlington Arts Centre which is due to close after the council withdrew its £500,000-a-year subsidy. However, the council said even this would require substantial funding. It described the closure plan, which is set to be finalised on 1 March, as a “difficult decision”. The centre, on Vane Terrace, will close in July and be put up for sale, with the proceeds put back into arts funding in the area.

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Charities urged to claim back millions in green tax

29th February 2012

UK charities are being urged to claim back millions of pounds in green taxes, which they are unwittingly paying for through their energy bills. Business-to-business energy broker Make It Cheaper says many UK charities are paying the wrong VAT rate on their energy and are incorrectly paying for the Climate Change Levy (CCL), a carbon tax designed to encourage businesses to reduce their energy consumption or use energy from renewable sources. It estimates charities paid up to £78 million in unnecessary tax last year through incorrect billing from their energy suppliers.

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Fears for future of Ilford’s Kenneth More Theatre as business plan drawn up

29th February 2012

A business plan aimed at securing the future of the Kenneth More Theatre (KMT) is being drawn up, but its former manager has predicted the community will “lose” the 38-year-old venue because of cuts in funding. Redbridge Council has agreed to extend the lease of the building in Oakfield Road, Ilford, for up to 35 years and as part of its formal submission for a new lease, the Kenneth More Theatre must produce a business plan.

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