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Letter: Government is doing what it can says Ed Vaisey

29th November 2012

Letter written to The Stage In the current debate about arts funding, I agree with much of what has been said. Yes, our regional theatres are very good value, and yes, they produce brilliant work. But I don’t accept the idea that all this is in jeopardy because of alleged government indifference and a lack of public funding.

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Arts face battle to avoid funding 'abyss'

29th November 2012

Faced with savage budget cuts, Newcastle is the first city to plan to scrap council funding to theatres and other arts venues – and more cities may follow suit. Can arts subsidies be justified when vital services are being reduced?

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Maria Miller responds to criticism over arts cuts

29th November 2012

Culture Secretary Maria Miller has hit back at criticism from senior arts figures over cuts to arts budgets. “Much of what we’re hearing from the arts world is close to pure fiction,” she wrote in the Evening Standard. “Accusations that this Government neither likes nor supports the arts are disingenuous in the extreme,” she said.

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Starring roles are on offer in Plymouth theatre's £1million campaign

29th November 2012

Visitors o the Theatre Royal next year could be mistaken for thinking they had wandered down Hollywood Boulevard. The theatre has launched a star-studded campaign in a bid to raise a further £1million in support of a huge regeneration project.

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Exeter Civic Society say 'Make your case' for new theatre in Exeter

29th November 2012

The debate about whether or not Exeter should have a new city centre theatre is set to continue. A meeting to discuss the ins and outs of such a project has been arranged for December 6 at Belmont Chapel in Western Way. It has been arranged by Exeter Civic Society, but the group is keen to make clear it is neither for nor against a new theatre plan.

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Newcastle venues at risk from cuts ‘madness’, warns Theatre Royal chief

28th November 2012

Theatre Royal Newcastle chief executive Philip Bernays has warned that a planned 100% cut to its local council funding will have a knock-on effect on the kind of work it programmes.

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Stanhope/Schroders take possession of Croydon's Warehouse Theatre

28th November 2012

Schroders and Stanhope have taken greater control of their 2m sq ft Ruskin Square development in Croydon after exercising a break clause to take back possession of the Warehouse Theatre building at its heart. The duo gained outline planning in July of last year for a Fosters & Partners masterplanned 2m sq ft development on nine acres adjacent to East Croydon Station. The scheme comprises 1m sq ft of offices and 550 homes.

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Creu Cymru Emergence Pilot Group on theatre sustainability in Wales announced

28th November 2012

Leading Welsh arts organisations are setting the stage to lead the cultural reponse to climate change. Environmental sustainability experts Julie’s Bicycle and Cardiff University’s BRASS Research Centre have announced the 17 theatres and arts venues that will make up the Creu Cymru Emergence pilot group.

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Littlehampton Town Council propose threatened Windmill Theatre as Asset of Community Value

28th November 2012

Littlehampton Town Council Planning and Transport Committee have proposed that the Windmill Theatre, the Swimming & Sports Centre, the Maltravers Park, and the Norfolk Pleasure Gardens should be listed as Assets of Community Value.

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Weymouth Pavilion Theatre may be demolished

27th November 2012

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is considering knocking down Weymouth Pavilion in a bid to cut its annual spending by £3.9m by 2019-20. A council report reveals it needs more than £3m of works over 10 years to ensure the building remains safe. In February, councillors voted to save the pavilion by reversing funding cuts that would have led to its closure.

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