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Lyric Belfast up for 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award

17th January 2013

The RIBA has nominated 11 projects to the European Union Commission for the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award David Chipperfield’s Hepworth Wakefield, Populous’ Olympic Stadium, O’Donnell & Tuomey’s Lyric Theatre in Belfast and OMA’s Maggie’s Centre in Gartnavel and its New Court in London, on which it worked with Allies and Morrison, also made the cut.

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Matthews Yard, ‘First wholly crowd-funded’ theatre to open in Croydon

17th January 2013

A new fringe studio theatre in south London, which is claimed to be the first financed entirely from crowd-funding, is to open this spring. Matthews Yard in Croydon has raised nearly £8,000 in just over a month through online pledge system Kickstarter to put towards a new performance space.

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Community passion saves Coventry's Butts Theatre

17th January 2013

More than 80 volunteers have helped restore a Coventry theatre to its 1930s glory ahead of its reopening next month. David Meredith, chairman of a trust set up to save the old Butts Theatre, said: “There’s been so much passion for it. We have people of all generations, old and young, who have done so much and carried out so much work.” The volunteers, including a team of electricians who have completed an estimated £30,000 of work, began restoring the theatre last summer.

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ORMS reveals plans for underground arena behind Centre Point London

16th January 2013

ORMS has submitted plans for an 800-seat underground venue behind London’s world famous music hotspot Denmark Street. The studio proposes transforming the 0.4 hectare St Giles Circus site next to Centre Point – currently used for Crossrail tunnelling – into a mixed-use development which will pays tribute to the area’s rock, jazz and pop heritage. Plans were submitted to local authority Camden Council.

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Ammanford Miners’ Theatre may face the final curtain

16th January 2013

A leading light at Ammanford’s Miners’ Theatre believes the venue is being pushed to the brink of closure by the very organisation charged with promoting it. Carmarthenshire Theatres – which oversees the Miners’, Carmarthen’s Lyric and the new Y Ffwrnes in Llanelli – has failed to schedule a single event in Ammanford during its spring programme from January to March.

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Theatre Royal in Dumfries upgrade plans submitted

16th January 2013

Plans have been lodged for major improvement works at Scotland oldest working theatre, which was saved from closure 18 months ago. The future of the Theatre Royal in Dumfries was safeguarded by a funding pledge for a charitable trust. Now an application has been submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council to upgrade the 18th Century building.

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Sell Leicester Haymarket for £1 to save £150,000 pa cost to taxpayer, says Leicester councillor

15th January 2013

A disused theatre should be sold for just £1 so it no longer leaves taxpayers with a yearly bill of £150,000, a councillor has suggested. The Haymarket Theatre closed in 2007 and efforts by Leicester City Council to find a buyer have so far failed. The council, which is about a third of the way through a 99-year lease on the former 753-seat venue, is looking to dispose of it for £500,000. But Liberal Democrat councillor Nigel Porter said the asking price was putting off potential purchasers.

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Campaigners want Stanford Hall Theatre restored to its former glory

15th January 2013

A group of thespians and theatre-lovers have launched a petition to safeguard the future of Stanford Hall theatre and its Wurlitzer organ. A planning application was submitted in December to turn the derelict grade-II listed stately home near Rempstone into a Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) for injured servicemen. But members of Stanford Hall Users Group have launched an online petition, which challenges the application’s approach to the theatre.

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Government risks “starving the young of arts” – ACE chair Liz Forgan

15th January 2013

Outgoing Arts Council England chair Liz Forgan has used her farewell speech to launch a heartfelt plea to education secretary Michael Gove not to rob the next generation of its “birthright” by leaving culture out of the national curriculum. In her valedictory speech, entitled A Farewell to Arts and delivered at the British Museum this week, Forgan rounds specifically on Gove in a speech that was peppered with criticism of politicians and their relationships with the arts.

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Sheffield arts venues face council cuts

15th January 2013

Theatres and museums in Sheffield are to have their city council funding cut by up to 20% as the local authority attempts to save a total of £50m. The Crucible and Lyceum venues, run by Sheffield Theatres, will lose £106,000.

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