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Wilton’s Music Hall receives vital funding to preserve historic building structure

2nd February 2012

Wilton’s Music Hall has received a £700,000 funding boost that has secured phase 1 of a building project to conserve and protect the historic venue – the last surviving Grand Music Hall in the world. This grant, alongside funds already raised, mean that major works on the roofs, basement, soundproofing, ventilation and electrics can be carried out on the auditorium, where they are most needed.

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Historic find at Yarmouth St Georges church theatre

2nd February 2012

Restoration work at St George’s Chapel in Great Yarmouth has uncovered “lavish and unique” original paint finishes dating from the early 18th century. A team from the University of Lincoln discovered the 300-year-old still intact finishes hidden under many layers of paint. The chapel is being restored by a local trust in preparation for its relaunch as a performance venue

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The man putting the art into Manchester's new cultural quarter

1st February 2012

A brand name, observed one savvy business magazine editor, is more than a word – it is the beginning of a conversation. Who, then, would want to be in Dave Moutrey’s shoes, as the chief executive of independent cinema and contemporary arts centre the Cornerhouse prepares to put one of Manchester’s best loved brands in the guillotine?

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Ian Simpson and Mecanoo reveal First Street Cornerhouse Cinema and Library Theatre

1st February 2012

Images of Mecanoo’s proposed joint new home in Manchester city centre for The Cornerhouse cinema and the Library Theatre Company have been revealed The £20 million competition-winning scheme is part of ASK’s First Street development and will sit next to a new four-star Innside hotel also unveiled by Ian Simpson Architects..

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Mermaid Theatre welcomes new General Manager

31st January 2012

Alicia Duncan has been appointed General Manager at The Mermaid. Alicia has spent the last 9 years working for Novus Leisure running the operations for a number of venues with capacities from 300 – 2000. Amongst her many achievements she implemented new structures for the sales managers subsequently increasing targets and sales.

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Exeter Northcott Theatre awarded Arts Council regional funding

31st January 2012

Arts Council England South West has awarded £125,000 per year for the next three years to Exeter Northcott Theatre to enable then to continue the important work they have been doing. This funding comes from the Arts Council’s strategic fund for theatre in Exeter, one of the aims of this fund is to support mid-scale touring productions in the city. This vote of confidence from the Arts Council will provide reassurance to other funders that the theatre remains an important part of the national theatre infrastructure.

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West End theatres cheered by rise in revenues

31st January 2012

London theatre revenues at record level despite slight fall in audience numbers. West end theatre revenues were higher than ever before last year despite a slight fall in attendances, a dip that can be attributed to the arrival of a large number of major shows that closed theatres for longer than normal.

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Arts Council England launches £37 million engagement fund

30th January 2012

Arts Council England has launched a £37 million fund aimed at engaging people in cultural activities in areas where involvement is low. The “creative people and places fund” will support around 15 initiatives that will develop cultural experiences for communities that are currently not engaging with the arts.

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Greenwich Playhouse to close as Landlords wish to exploit Olympic commercial opportunities

30th January 2012

Galleon Theatre Company is to leave Greenwich Playhouse after more than 15 years in residence. The Galleon Theatre Company, based at the Playhouse since 1995, has not had its lease renewed by landlords Beds and Bars. According to a statement released by the theatre, the Playhouse will close on April 10.

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John Letford appeals for city's help to give Dundee's Whitehall Theatre a future

28th January 2012

Lord Provost John Letford has appealed to the people of the city to show their support for the Whitehall Theatre, either financially or by other means, following a torrid 2011 for the historic building. Mr Letford, speaking as chairman of the Whitehall Theatre Trust, believes the theatre could easily become a focal point in the city once again after Dundee City Council and Leisure and Culture Dundee stepped in to save the venue late last year.

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