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Sir Ian McKellan and Joanna Lumley join fight to save Brampton Little Theatre

29th July 2012

Joanna Lumley and Sir Ian McKellan have added their names to a growing list of people desperate to see Brampton Little Theatre survive the demolition of RAF Brampton in 2013. Both actors have written letters expressing concern about the closure of the venue and offered their support – Ms Lumley sending a signed photograph for auction to help raise funds for the campaign.

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Euromillions pair pledge £130,000 to Greenock's Beacon Arts Centre

29th July 2012

Europe’s biggest-ever lottery winners have contributed £130,000 to the construction of a community arts centre in Inverclyde. Chris and Colin Weir won £161m in the Euromillions jackpot last July. The Beacon Arts Centre is a £10m theatre complex being built at a former dockyard in Greenock, and is due to open in October. The donation from the couple is to be used to equip the kitchen and cafe areas of the new building.

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Letter: Our Plymouth Dance Academy plans were thwarted

27th July 2012

Letter published in Plymouth Herald Oh how I struggled holding in my screams and shouts of frustration on reading the headline I’ll Bring Dance Academy Back to Life . This was not through disapproval, for such an architectural wonder and marvellous building of Victorian craftmanship deserves nothing more than tender restoration. No, my frustrations were born out of disbelief. Why? In the early part of 2010 I and a small group of like-minded businessmen got together to discuss the very same building. Plans were set in motion to draw up our own restoration programme for the beautiful Grade 2 listed building.

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Thieves steal lead from Malvern Theatres roof

27th July 2012

Police are appealing for witnesses after Malvern Theatres was targeted by thieves on two successive nights. Overnight between Sunday and Monday, thieves got onto the roof of the building on Grange Road and stole lead flashing and other metal worth several thousand pounds.

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Letter: Curtains for Barry Theatre Royal

26th July 2012

Letter published in Barry & District News I write to say how saddening it is to see Barry’s last cinema currently being demolished to be replaced by yet more residential development, albeit for the senior generation. It has been said in the past that Barry has lost its independence and has become a suburb of Cardiff, yet this is a town so large that it has four railway stations to serve its population and two councils to administer local government. How many other towns in Wales, many of whom have at least one cinema, can boast these facts?

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Northern Ireland’s cultural renaissance

26th July 2012

Failing to qualify as the European Capital of Culture in 2008 has done wonders for Belfast’s art scene and the benefits can be seen in the recently opened Metropolitan Arts Centre

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Letter: Hard work to save Doncaster Grand

26th July 2012

Letter published in Doncaster Free Press: I would like to refer to the letter from David Hankinson in last week’s Free Press regarding the Doncaster Grand Theatre. I would point out that the first campaigner to save the Grand was the late Brian Laurence.

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Arts ‘must adopt language of government’ to secure public funding

25th July 2012

Subsidised arts organisations need to learn how to use the “language of the government” to secure future public funding, a leading culture researcher has warned.

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Leeds Clarence Dock redevelopment masterplan revealed to include new theatre

25th July 2012

Plans to revitalise an ailing Leeds city centre waterside development have been officially unveiled by developers. Property firm Allied London, which bought the 150-year lease to Clarence Dock in January, said it planned to “bring life back” to the area. The company’s plans include the creation of a new shopping, food and cafe street and a “workspace hub” for the creative and digital industries. Leisure attractions, a restaurant boardwalk and a space for concerts and theatre were also planned, the firm revealed.

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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion put up for sale by council

25th July 2012

The Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe is to be put up for sale as the council rejected the sole bid to manage it. Suffolk Coastal District Council said it would go to the open market to find other proposals for the building. The community-based Spa Pavilion Associates’s proposal to manage it as a theatre was deemed financially unviable by the council. The local authority, which owns it, said it would use professional agents to market the 100-year-old building.

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