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Neath's Gwyn Hall to reopen after fire

18th February 2012

Neath’s new Gwyn Hall will open next month, on the 8 March, more than four years after it was gutted by fire. The curtain will rise on the £9m re-fit with a concert showcasing young talent from the area. It now boasts a theatre, 3D digital cinema, multipurpose studio as well as a cafe-bistro and interval bar.

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Round Table step in with theatre improvement funds for Hebden Bridge Little Theatre

18th February 2012

Members and the public will be able to take advantage of new facilities at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre thanks to a “stairway to heaven” being provided by Round Table. The Little Theatre has recently completed the first phase of the £75,000 Raise the Roof campaign to create accommodation over the bar and lounge, giving the company extra dressing rooms, more space for storing props and costumes, better public facilities and toilets, as well as a separate meeting and rehearsal area so productions can overlap. But, the space could not be opened to the public until a fire escape was installed to meet health and safety requirements.

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London's Redbridge Council threatens major cuts to Drama Centre arts spend

17th February 2012

Redbridge Drama Centre in east London is facing a 100% cut to its £292,000 local authority funding by the end of 2014,

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Blog: Can West Yorkshire Playhouse's James Brining reinvent regional theatre?

16th February 2012

With British regional theatre facing tough questions, WYP’s new artistic director – announced today – will have his work cut out blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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Mayor wants talks on Doncaster Grand Theatre

16th February 2012

Elected mayor Peter Davies has called for crunch talks with the owners of The Grand Theatre in a bid to secure its future. Council officials were keeping an eye on the building’s condition, said Mr Davies who wants the Victorian venue to be available for the public again. The announcement has come as a boost to the Friends of The Doncaster Grand Theatre group which has been battling to save its future for 15 years.

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Royal visit for Newcastle Theatre Royal birthday

16th February 2012

The Duke of York has launched Newcastle Theatre Royal’s 175th celebrations and opened the new Hartlepool College of Further Education. Prince Andrew was given a tour of the new £53m facility in Hartlepool before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the visit.

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New CEO at Alexandra Palace, London

15th February 2012

Alexandra Palace’s new CEO has confirmed events and exhibitions business remains a vital part of the north London’s venue programme as he embarks on an ambitious regeneration and refurbishment plan. Chief executive Duncan Wilson OBE will oversee both the trading arm of Alexandra Palace, previously under the jurisdiction of MD Rebecca Kane, and the trust. Kane leaves Alexandra Palace on 9 March after a three-year stint to take up a position at The O2 arena.

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Blog: State of the Arts 2012 social media summary

15th February 2012

Missed all the State of the Arts 2012 action yesterday? Not to worry – The Guardian Online’s Culture Professional Network have rounded up the best images, tweets, articles, videos and interviews from the morning keynotes, afternoon conversations and closing remarks. Find out here


London’s newest theatre complex to open in September

14th February 2012

St James Theatre, the first newly built theatre complex in central London in 30 years, will open to the public in September. With the first season to be announced in April, the theatre will host a varied programme to include musicals, comedies and classic revivals, as well as offering a London venue to touring and regional production.

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Matlock Bath's Grand Pavilion building now in hands of campaigners

14th February 2012

The restoration of Matlock Bath’s Grand Pavilion has taken a major step forward after campaigners were awarded a three-year lease. The Grand Pavilion Ltd charity, set up by the Matlock Bath Pavilion Group, has taken over the running of the building from Derbyshire Dales District Council. It can now press ahead with raising the £2.6 million needed to repair and renovate the pavilion.

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