The Theatres Trust

The arts are just as important as other subjects – and Gove knows it

24th April 2014

The arts are vital to a rounded education, to giving every child a hinterland that will serve them all their lives. That’s something I firmly believe in. Why do so many private schools excel in their arts teaching? Why are the arts seen as important by parents who can pay for their child’s education? Shouldn’t this be true for children in state schools, no matter what their privilege or background?

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Birmingham Rep to host European culture festival

23rd April 2014

Birmingham Repertory Theatre will be the home of this year’s Be Festival, which celebrates European culture, after the event was forced to relocate from the factory it previously occupied. The festival, which was founded five years ago, used to take place in an empty factory in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. However, since its owners began manufacturing again, the event required a new site for the forthcoming programme of events.

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Greenwich Theatre staff 'delighted' at 12 months council funding

23rd April 2014

Staff at Greenwich Theatre are “delighted” after gaining another 12 months funding to continue their national arts programme. The theatre, in Crooms Hill, was backed by Greenwich Council with £259,000 funding which helps cover staff costs and utility bills.

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Youth hostel to be built in Cirencester theatre building

23rd April 2014

Plans to transform a Cirencester building into one of the first hostels of its kind in the country have been given the green light by Cotswold District planning meeting last week. Cirencester art group New Brewery Arts (NBA) wish to transform their Niccol Centre building on Cricklade Street into a hostel that can accommodate up to 49 persons with communal cooking and dining areas.

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Laurence Olivier statue could be moved from South Bank river walk

23rd April 2014

The National Theatre has applied for permission to relocate the statue of Sir Laurence Olivier from the South Bank riverside walkway to one of the raised terraces of the theatre building.

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Hull Truck theatre gets £400,000 bail-out

23rd April 2014

The Hull Truck theatre has received £400,000 in emergency grants to help it out of financial crisis. The venue received £300,000 from Arts Council England and £100,000 from Hull City Council earlier this year. Arts Council England had already given £1m in 2011 and 2012 because it was at “immediate and serious financial risk”.

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What makes a Community Theatre?

22nd April 2014

It’s a very important question as new Community Rights give people more of a say on running their local communities, and engagement by and with those communities is essential if theatres are to remain at the heart of local communities. Increasingly local groups are also becoming providers of theatres and spaces for theatre in their localities, towns and villages.

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Green light for £500,000 Sheffield theatre overhaul grant

22nd April 2014

Sheffield Council has given the final go-ahead to a £500,000 grant towards a revamp of the city’s Lyceum Theatre. The council has given formal approval to handing over the sum to Sheffield Theatres, which wants to install new equipment and seating to help boost audience numbers.

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New firm to address council over Bournemouth’s Winter Gardens

22nd April 2014

New proposals for Bournemouth’s Winter Gardens site will be unveiled to councillors tomorrow. Representatives from developer Inland Homes will appear before the council’s planning board to make a 10-minute presentation before they submit a new planning application.

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Borough Hall redesign to go ahead despite “substantial concerns”

22nd April 2014

Greenwich Council has granted planning permission for a multi-million pound refurbishment of its Borough Hall venue, despite national advisory body the Theatres Trust raising “substantial concerns” about the designs. Planning officers voted unanimously at a meeting this month for the south London venue to be redeveloped into a cultural hub, which would see its existing main hall altered to create a flexible 450-seat venue.

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