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Arts participation hit by cuts, says Welsh assembly report

28th January 2013

Budget cuts are limiting the opportunities for people to get involved with the arts in Wales, according to a committee of assembly members. They want the Welsh government to create an action plan that will increase participation in things like theatre and dance groups.

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Regional theatre roundtable: When shall we three meet again?

27th January 2013

As regional theatres face life-threatning cuts, Jonathan Church, artistic director of the Chichester Festival Theatre, Josie Rourke artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse and Erica Whyman, deputy artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, tell Fiona Mountford from The Independent about their vital magic


Byre Theatre in St Andrews to go into liquidation

26th January 2013

The Byre Theatre in St Andrews is likely to go into liquidation next week, BBC Scotland has learned. The theatre was originally a cow shed, but has played host to drama productions since the 1930s. It was formally reopened by Sir Sean Connery after undergoing a £5.5m facelift in 2001. But recent funding cuts left the theatre unable to produce its own shows.

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Byre Theatre in St Andrews board 'deeply regrets' closure

26th January 2013

The board of the Byre Theatre in St Andrews has expressed “deep regret” over its enforced closure. The theatre, which has hosted drama productions for the past 80 years, was forced to cease trading this week after running into financial difficulties. The board said it had explored all avenues to try to keep it open, but there had been no alternative to liquidation.

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Westminster City Council proposes to remove all arts funding by 2014/15

25th January 2013

Soho Theatre and English National Ballet will be among those groups set to lose funding from Westminster City Council following a proposal to phase out all of its arts budget by 2014/15. A report to the local authority’s budget and performance task group lays out plans to cut the council’s annual £350,000 spend on arts organisations by removing £150,000 in 2013/14 and a further £200,000 in 2014/15.

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Setback for proposed Chester's £40.5m theatre and cinema complex

25th January 2013

Plans for a £40.5m theatre and culture complex in Chester have suffered a £5m setback. A bid for capital investment funding to the Arts Council was unsuccessful. The complex planned for the former cinema in Northgate Street includes a 800-seat theatre and a 200-seat theatre, two cinemas and a library. Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Stuart Parker said it “remained committed to a providing first-class theatre and cinema venue”.

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New £300,000 deal for Ryde Theatre

23rd January 2013

Ryde Theatre could be sold for £300,000 after a new bid for the building, which would also see “the building being retained as a theatre for the forseeable future.”

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Newcastle arts leaders condemn ‘redundant’ consultation on cuts

23rd January 2013

Theatre leaders in Newcastle have described a recent public consultation meeting about the proposed 100% cuts to arts funding from the local council as “frustrating” and “redundant”. The event, which was held by Newcastle City Council on January 16, saw industry representatives and members of the public discuss the impact of the cuts and then provide written feedback to the council officers who were present.

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New Performing Arts Centre for Bedford School given planning go ahead

23rd January 2013

Planning permission and listed building consent has just been granted for the conversion of St Luke’s Church, Bedford, a Grade II listed 19thC Moravian Chapel, into a new performing arts centre for Bedford School.

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Weymouth Pavilion: Shows go ahead despite closure plans

23rd January 2013

Two theatre performances are to go ahead as planned at a seaside pavilion which has been recommended for demolition. Weymouth Pavilion will host its spring performances of Miss Saigon in April and That’ll Be The Day in May. Dorset councillors voted to put plans for the pavilion out to public consultation in December ahead of a full council meeting in February. No date has been announced for the pavilion’s closure.

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