The Theatres Trust

Visit boosts fight to see Dudley Hippodrome open

22nd October 2012

Theatre experts haved boosted a fight to save the under-threat Dudley Hippodrome. The Theatres Trust says the Castle Hill venue should be preserved for future generations – but Dudley Council wants to knock it down. Trust planning and heritage advisor Mark Price and director Mhora Samuel had a torchlit tour of the site with Friends of Dudley Hippodrome.

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Wolverhampton Grand Theatre given a major cash investment from Council to attract West End shows

22nd October 2012

It emerged the attraction is suffering from a slump in takings because it can’t accommodate some big name productions. The theatre would be handed a one-off cash lump sum by Wolverhampton City Council to expand its facilities. The Civic Hall would also be given a one-off cash handout to increase its entertainment space. But both attractions are facing cuts in their annual funding from the council if the plans go ahead.

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Creative Scotland: Statement from Sir Sandie Crombie

22nd October 2012

I promised that I would provide an update, following today’s Board meeting, in response to the recent, serious concerns that have been raised about Creative Scotland.

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English Heritage publishes Guide to Heritage Protection in England

20th October 2012

English Heritage have written the most comprehensive online guide to the heritage protection system. The Guide to Heritage Protection in England contains 90 pages of textbook advice on how the law, policy and guidance that protects England’s heritage assets works, with links to all the source documents.

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All-star centenary fundraising gala announced for Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy

19th October 2012

It’s one of the valley’s most iconic venues and next month marks a special occasion in its history.

Saturday, November 17, is a very special day for the Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy, as it is the day that the 2013 centenary celebrations of the venue are launched with an all-star fundraising gala. We are promised that “an unforgettable and unrepeatable bill of stars” will be performing at the Park & Dare for one dazzling night of music, song and laughter.

The glittering gala evening includes West End star and Rhondda Valley-born performer Sophie Evans, who says she is delighted to be taking part. “The Park & Dare is where it all began for me,” says Sophie, “and to be asked to come home and take part with all these fantastic performers is a real honour, especially as it is somewhere that is so close to my heart.”

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English Heritage research published on Local Authority Heritage Assets Report

19th October 2012

English Heritage commissioned a research report in 2011, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, to review the issues facing local authorities as they manage their heritage assets at a time of acute financial stress. It identifies recent patterns of closure, disposal and demolition of heritage assets and local authorities’ plans for the next five years.

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Belgrade Theatre less reliant on grants as success continues

19th October 2012

The Belgrade Theatre earned half of its own income last year as it bids to become less reliant on public money. It earned £350,000 last year through its commercial interests, such as building sets for other theatres, conferences and commercial workshops. Four years ago the city centre venue relied on funding from the City Council and British Arts Council for 70 per cent of its income.

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Charity shop fundraising for Tewkesbury's theatre, The Roses

19th October 2012

Beckie Smith tells how a charity shop is contributing to funding Tewkesbury’s theatre, The Roses.

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Comedy star's daughter backs Dudley Hippodrome campaign

18th October 2012

The daughter of world famous comic, Stan Laurel, has thrown her weight behind the campaign to save a former Dudley theatre. Lois Laurel Hawes has written to the Friends of Dudley Hippodrome campaign group from her stateside home pledging her support, as they continue their fight to keep the former Castle Hill attraction from demolition by Dudley Council.

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Birmingham Rep staff perform in caravans during refurbishment

17th October 2012

The Birmingham Repertory Theatre is putting on plays in four caravans while refurbishment work is carried out. The theatre is getting a new 300-seat auditorium and as part of the £188m Birmingham library project.

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