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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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Rhyl attractions revamp plan including Pavilion Theatre takes step forward

15th January 2013

Plans to radically overhaul some of Rhyl’s key attractions have taken a step forward. A planned £18m investment could see the Sun Centre pool complex replaced by an aquatic centre, and improvements to the Pavilion Theatre and Sky Tower.

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The £7million regeneration project at Plymouth Theatre Royal

14th January 2013

The big drama at the Theatre Royal Plymouth this year is the £7million regeneration project. The venue will close for six months from early April for the extensive work to be done.

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The MAC Belfast shortlisted for 2013 Designs of the Year revealed

14th January 2013

The Shard, the Mac and Museum of Innocence make shortlist for 2013 Designs of the Year. Altogether more than 90 designs have been nominated for the annual awards, with categories spanning architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product and transport.

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Ludlow Assembly Rooms reaches funding deal with Shropshire County Council

12th January 2013

Ludlow Assembly Rooms has taken a major step towards securing its future after reaching a deal with Shropshire County Council which is pouring more than £250,000 into the arts and community building over the next four years.

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