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The plight of regional theatres

15th November 2012

Danny Boyle and Sir Nicholas Hytner are fronting a campaign on the plight of regional theatres today. The BBC’s arts editor Will Gompertz explained that it is not an institution that finds radical change easy.

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Danny Boyle voices regional theatre fears

15th November 2012

Danny Boyle has requested a meeting with the prime minister to make the case for regional theatres, with venues at risk of closure from budget cuts. On Thursday 15 he joined artistic directors from theatres across England to highlight their plight. Boyle said he and Olympic Opening Ceremony collaborator Stephen Daldry hoped to ask David Cameron for “modest but sustained investment in the arts”.

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Danny Boyle on theatre 'opportunity'

15th November 2012

Danny Boyle has joined artistic directors from theatres across England to warn that further budget cuts could put regional theatres at risk.

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Cast is Doncaster's New Performance Venue name

15th November 2012

The name of Doncaster’s new multi-million pound performance venue has been revealed. ‘Cast’ has been selected following consultations with stakeholders and community groups for the £22 million site, which is part of the £300m The Civic and Cultural Quarter (CCQ) development. It is said to have been chosen because it includes Doncaster’s industrial heritage, theatrical ties and also plays on the community links the venue intends to encourage.

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Sir Ian McKellen: there will be no more British acting greats

15th November 2012

Sir Ian McKellen argues that today’s young actors will never develop into fine middle-aged performers because they have not honed their talents in repertory theatre. Britain will produce no more actors of the calibre of Dame Judi Dench or Sir Derek Jacobi because repertory theatre has died out, according to Sir Ian McKellen. Sir Ian said he would not have the career he has today without a grounding in regional rep. The current crop of actors, who go straight into television and film roles or appear in the occasional stage production, do not have the same experience.

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Danny Boyle accuses culture minister Maria Miller of 'outrageous' snub

15th November 2012

Two leading lights of Britain’s cultural life – Danny Boyle, who directed the Olympics opening ceremony, and Nicholas Hytner, chief of the National Theatre – have launched an uncompromising attack on the government’s stance on culture. Speaking after an event that brought together the heads of 23 of England’s leading regional theatres, Boyle told the Guardian that the lack of attention to the arts shown by the culture secretary, Maria Miller, was “outrageous”.

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South Bank ‘will not become mall’

15th November 2012

The directors of the Southbank Centre have vowed not to let it become a shopping mall despite hatching plans for major changes to the complex. They confirmed that more commercial units could be inserted into the arts centre — possibly at the existing skateboard area — but insisted they would protect the spirit of the place.

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Residents urged to have say on Bognor Regis’ £40m future plans that include new theatre

15th November 2012

Join in the consultation about the future of Bognor Regis, residents have been urged. Deputy town mayor Cllr Paul Wells said everyone with an interest in Bognor should take part in the consultation about its regeneration and that of the Regis Centre and Hothampton Car park and Queensway.

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Work starts on £500,000 Northampton cinema at Royal & Derngate

14th November 2012

Work has started on a £500,000 independent cinema in the centre of Northampton. The 90-seat movie venue, in Albion Place, is to be run by the Royal and Derngate theatre and independent screen operator Cityscreen.

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Bournemouth Imax seats donated to Shelley Theatre

14th November 2012

Seats from a Imax cinema in Bournemouth are to be reused in other local buildings. The venue, labelled an eyesore by residents who complained it blocked views of the sea, is due to be demolished in early 2013. The Shelley Theatre will get 220 cinema seats donated by the town council as well as catering equipment. Others will be used to replace some of the old seating in the public gallery of the council chamber.

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