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Swindon Mechanics Institute owner sued by council

20th June 2011

The owner of Swindon’s Mechanics Institute is being taken to court by the Borough Council over money said to be owing for repairs to the building. The authority carried out repairs to the roof of the Grade II* listed building, which has stood empty since the mid-1980s. It claims owner, Matthew Singh of Forefront Estates, owes the authority more than £350,000 for the work.

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Gareth Machin appointed artistic director of Salisbury Playhouse

19th June 2011

Salisbury Playhouse has appointed Gareth Machin as its new artistic director. Machin, who is currently studio associate at the National Theatre, will succeed Philip Wilson who leaves the post in July.

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Matthew Rhys attends Theatr Gwaun opening

18th June 2011

Hollywood actor Matthew Rhys returned to his Pembrokeshire roots to show his support for Theatr Gwaun in Fishguard. It was shut at the end of March after Pembrokeshire County Council withdrew funding. But campaigners reopened it as a community enterprise.

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Noises off: Where are the philanthropists theatre so badly needs?

17th June 2011

Playhouse closures have got bloggers training the spotlight on private subsidy. Plus, a rare peek into the rehearsal room. Theatres are dying blogs Chris Wilkinson for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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DCMS publishes the CASE Local Culture & Heritage Profile Tool

17th June 2011

DCMS has just published the CASE Local Culture & Heritage Profile Tool and (with Sport England) an updated Local Sport Profile Tool. The Culture and Heritage tool provides local contextual sector data to help you think how you invest in culture and heritage locally.

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Liverpool's Everyman theatre prepares to close its doors with a day long party for theatre faithful

17th June 2011

“Bring some tissues – but also be prepared to smile,” says Everyman and Playhouse artistic director Gemma Bodinetz mysteriously. What is she talking about? The day of events that mark the closure of the Hope Street theatre. After all the talking, the fundraising and planning, and after almost 50 years at the forefront of Liverpool’s theatre scene, the Everyman is set to close its doors on July 2.

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Harrogate's Royal Hall 'costing £1,000 a day'

17th June 2011

The future of a multi-million pound refurbished theatre is under debate after it emerged it was costing £1,000 a day to run and had few bookings. The refurbishment of Harrogate’s Royal Hall saw it shortlisted for a prestigious design award in 2008. But now the Conservative administration at the council wants to review the costs of the theatre. The Royal Hall Restoration Trust said it was not being marketed effectively.

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Roy Hudd speaks out in support of Wilton’s Music Hall

16th June 2011

Comedian Roy Hudd has labelled as “disgraceful” the Heritage Lottery Fund’s decision to reject Wilton’s Music Hall’s application for funding. Last month, the London venue was thrown into crisis when its £2.25 million application to HLF was rejected. The grant would have helped to fund the £3.5 million cost of work needed to make the historic building structurally sound in the long term. Hudd, who is president of the British Music Hall Society, said the London venue had “proved to be a commercially successful building” and deserved the HLF’s support.

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John Stalker resigns as chief executive of Edinburgh theatres

16th June 2011

John Stalker, chief executive of the Festival City Theatres Trust which runs Edinburgh’s Festival and King’s theatres, has announced his resignation with effect from June 30.

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Unions unite to measure cost of cuts in Lost Arts campaign

16th June 2011

Entertainment unions Equity, BECTU and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain have launched a joint campaign in Westminster this week, dedicated to monitoring arts funding cuts in the coming years. The Lost Arts campaign and website aims to “catalogue all the projects, events, initiatives, performances and organisations that will be lost to us, until the next review in 2015”.

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