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Leicester Curve Theatre to offset cash cuts by holding more conferences

17th July 2013

Curve’s boss has said the theatre will need to devote more time and performance space to hosting money-making functions and conferences to make up for public funding cuts. The £61 million venue has had its grant from Leicester City Council reduced from £789,000 last year to £709,000 this year as the authority seeks to save money.

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Sit down - new chairs at Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis, thanks to brewery

17th July 2013

Palmers Brewery of Bridport has given £1,000 from its charity fund to the theatre to help buy new seating. Artistic director Harry Long said: “We’ve been running this fundraising campaign for a while and this is by far the largest single donation we’ve had, so it’s very exciting for us and we’re delighted to have it.

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New blow for cash hit Preston Playhouse theatre

16th July 2013

Theatre bosses trying to raise cash to repair their venue’s roof have suffered a “blow” after 40 stage lights were stolen. Work to repair the roof of the Preston Playhouse in Market Street West started at the beginning of the month following the launch of a campaign to raise £20,000 to pay for it.

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Future of the Futurist in Scarborough under the spotlight

16th July 2013

Scarborough Council will endeavour to keep the Futurist theatre open until a developer comes forward despite claims the historic venue is “unsustainable”. Senior officers have stressed that the cash-strapped authority does not have the funds to keep injecting money into the struggling theatre.

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Clapham Omnibus to host first performances this month

16th July 2013

South London fringe venue Omnibus Arts is to host its first theatre performances this month with a series of pre-Edinburgh previews of Hope Light and Nowhere.

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Scotland’s old theatres as relevant today as ever

13th July 2013

At the Citizens’ Theatre in Gorbals Street, Glasgow, the auditorium is stripped bare. The Citizens’ first opened in 1878 as the Royal Princess’s Theatre, a home for pantomime and variety in the Gorbals, it’s a small theatre by Victorian standards, seating just under 500 people; and its combination of glamour and intimacy lends itself to live theatre in a way that has been brilliantly exploited over the years, by inspired directors from James Bridie to Giles Havergal.

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Why the National Theatre could use a history lesson from Richard Eyre

12th July 2013

A prescient memoir by the theatre’s former chief suggests that when it comes to this prestigious yet demanding post, candidates have always been thin on the ground. When Ronald Reagan was shot and taken to hospital in 1981, the cabinet members, gathered at the White House, sent out for a copy of Richard Nixon’s book Six Crises, which included a chapter on what happened when President Eisenhower was taken to hospital after a heart attack.

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Troubled Great Yarmouth theatre pavilion finally ready to open

12th July 2013

A troubled pavilion billed as a key player in Great Yarmouth’s £8m bid to re-invent itself as cultural destination is finally set to be completed by the end of the month. It ends more than two years of frustration for council and community after building work on the flagship project slammed to a halt due to a mystery problem associated with the roof.

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Design of Dudley Bug centre is monstrous, claim campaigners

12th July 2013

Campaigners desperate to save Dudley Hippodrome today branded its replacement as ‘monstrous’ and they have vowed to fight a scheme for a Dudley Bug-shaped £3 million centre on the site. It has been designed to recreate the famous Dudley Bug fossil shape. But campaigners have hit out at the plans, saying the futuristic Trilobite Building would look out of place shadowed by the 11th century Dudley Castle.

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Brewhouse Theatre Taunton: Rescue package in sight

12th July 2013

A rescue package to reopen the Brewhouse theatre could be in place within months after Taunton Deane Council set a date to discuss the purchase of its lease.

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