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Hull Truck Chief goes

27th November 2012

Hull Truck Theatre has parted company with its chief executive Andrew Smaje in a surprise move, after two years in the post. Smaje’s tenure at Hull was marked by controversy over funding and falling audiences, a poor relationship with its iconic former boss John Godber, and allegations of unrest amongst theatre staff.

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Lyric Hammersmith begins £16.5m facelift 'at the heart of town centre renewal'

26th November 2012

The Lyric Hammersmith officially broke ground today on an ambitious £16.5 million development at the heart of a town centre regeneration. The project sees the addition of a two-storey extension for more education work and is the first major facelift for the building in 30 years.

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Helston community centre cash request to help fund 'cultural quarter'

26th November 2012

The trust behind plans to renovate the former community centre on Penrose Road have asked Helston town council to use cash from the sale to help create a ‘Cultural Quarter’. In August this year the building was purchased by two benefactors, Karen Townshend and Nicholas Serota, director of Tate, to “ensure that the building could continue to provide public benefit”. Teresa Gleadowe and Karen Townshend from Cornubian Arts and Science Trust (CAST), set up to manage the building, made the request for help and cash at the town council meeting on Thursday, November 15.

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Theatre Royal Building to expand Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester November 26, 2012

26th November 2012

London-based Edwardian Group has acquired the Theatre Royal Building sited next door to its Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in Manchester, and will use it to substantially expand the hotel and its facilities.

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Dundee Whitehall Theatre staging musical in bid to save 'local treasure'

26th November 2012

The Whitehall Theatre went bust last year but the curtain did not come down because it was taken over by new management. The business still struggles, however, and all profits from a new staging of the Sound of Music will go directly to the theatre.

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Shared worries of regional theatre future

25th November 2012

Stage director Sir Trevor Nunn has said he ‘shares the worries’ of Sir Ian McKellen over the future of British regional theatres

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Government welcomes new Removing Barriers to Legacy-giving report on arts philanthropy

24th November 2012

Culture secretary Maria Miller has welcomed the publication of a report that says the Arts Council England should refuse or reduce grants to organisations that do not provide evidence of legacy fundraising.

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North Berwick Town's arts hub ambition

23rd November 2012

Talks are under way on the possibility of a new, purpose-built venue in North Berwick for the arts, and residents are being encouraged to have their say. North Berwick Performing Arts Group is a newly formed organisation which aims to create a base for theatre, film, music performance and visual arts in the town, which could see the seaside town become a hub for creative talent in East Lothian.

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First look at proposed Bicester 400-seat theatre

23rd November 2012

Bicester Community College is taking the lead on the multi-million pound project, which it hopes will be a reality within five years. The facility, for use by the community, could include a professional standard theatre with orchestra pit; a second smaller flexible performing space seating up to 80 people. If approved, there would also be a café, a gallery, rehearsal, music and recording rooms. The centre could potentially double up as a cinema and conference facility.

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Tony Hall named new BBC director general

22nd November 2012

Royal Opera House chief executive Tony Hall has been appointed as the new director general of the BBC. He will take up the post in March next year, and replaces George Entwistle, who resigned earlier this month.

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