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New Arts Council Chief Peter Bazalgette: 'Maybe I don't qualify as great or good'

25th February 2013

In his first interview in his new role as Arts Council chief, Peter Bazalgette discusses cuts, philistines and his Big Brother past with Andrew Anthony from The Observer.


Taunton Brewhouse’s allies say show must go on despite closure

23rd February 2013

Less than 48 hours after the Taunton arts centre announced that it was going into administration and closing, there is a growing band prepared to put their hearts into its resurrection. Veteran Taunton Deane Borough councillor John Meikle, 89, founder chairman of the Brewhouse, is calling for an army of volunteers to come forward.

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Blog: Where theatre falls, the rest of culture will follow as arts cuts kick in

23rd February 2013

A new report shows that funding cuts are paralysing theatre programming and scuppering tours, which in turn could have a devastating effect on TV, film and radio blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian Stage Blog.

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London's Old Vic Tunnels to close

22nd February 2013

The Old Vic theatre’s experimental performance space in the railway arches below Waterloo Station is to close in mid-March.

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Norfolk: Plan To Cut Arts Budget Scrapped

22nd February 2013

Norfolk County Council have decided to scrap a plan to cut the budget for arts projects around Norfolk this year. As part of the council’s Big Conversation the arts grants budget was due to be reduced by £49,000 in the coming financial year.

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Arts cuts lead to 'shrivelling' of theatre industry, report says

22nd February 2013

English theatre study claims Arts Council cuts mean cancelled shows, fewer new plays, fewer commissions and smaller casts writes Charlotte Higgins for The Guardian.


Volunteers sought to help run Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton

22nd February 2013

The fight to rescue a Somerset theatre has started on the day after it announced that it is to close. The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre in Taunton has gone into administration with its board blaming “underfunding”. A campaign – Count Me In – has now been set up by the Taunton Association of Performing Arts who believe volunteers could keep the venue running.

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Fears supermarket might open in Edinburgh's Stockbridge former Theatre Workshop

22nd February 2013

Concerns that a major supermarket could open on the site of an old city theatre have increased, after city planners approved the site’s use for retail. The council’s planning committee granted approval for a retail outlet to open at the former Theatre Workshop building in Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, despite objections from the area’s community council and the Theatres Trust.

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Experts hit out at bid to flatten Dudley Hippodrome

22nd February 2013

Heritage experts have condemned plans to demolish Dudley Hippodrome in stinging attacks which have been seized upon by campaigners hoping to protect the theatre.

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Council go ahead for community takeover of Weymouth Pavilion

22nd February 2013

The show will go on at Weymouth Pavilion after councillors unanimously agreed to hand it over to the community to run. The decision came following passionate speeches and a long debate at the full meeting of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council. The move saves the theatre from demolition and means a tender process can get underway in order for the venue to be leased.

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