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Belfast MAC to reopen in April

7th February 2012

The Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast will stage a new play by Owen McCafferty about the aftermath of the Titanic disaster as part of its inaugural season, when it opens for business in April.

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Chichester Festival Theatre unveils 50th anniversary season

6th February 2012

Chichester Festival Theatre is to build a new, temporary venue in the park beside the venue as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations this summer. The space – which has been called Theatre on the Fly – will host work by three young directors who have trained at CFT in recent years.

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Exhibition: Opening curtain on story of theatre in Newcastle 4 Feb - 16 Sept

4th February 2012

Dating from 1787, the mighty document issued more than 200 years ago by George III goes on public display in Newcastle, possibly for the first time. it is the ‘letter patent’ which allowed the city to call its new theatre, which opened the following year on Moseley Street, the Theatre Royal.

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£300,000 lifeline for Oldham Coliseum from the AGMA

3rd February 2012

Oldham Coliseum has been given a £300,000 boost to cover expenditure on running, production and actors’ costs, for three years. The money comes from the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities, which had earlier prompted fears that funds might be withdrawn completely following the introduction of a new scheme. The theatre had to reapply for funding under new rules that required ecipients to be contributing to Greater Manchester locally, nationally and worldwide, improving the skills and employability of residents and contributing to communities. Thrilled staff have now been told they will receive £102,700 a year. Executive director David Martin knew the theatre had a “strong chance” of keeping the funding — known as the section 48 scheme — which offers money to arts groups and charities.

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Stars visit Finsbury Park Theatre as it moves closer to opening date

3rd February 2012

The new Park Theatre currently being constructed in Finsbury Park promises to be an interesting venue when it opens. Husband and wife team Jez and Melanie Bond have not only secured private funding for the venture – the first new theatre in the borough for 30 years – they have some of Britain’s finest acting and production talent onboard.

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Bid towards £43m Chester theatre is deferred

3rd February 2012

Culture bosses have offered reassurances after a funding deadline expired for a grant toward the proposed £43m theatre at the former Odeon. Officers at Cheshire West and Chester Council had hoped to submit a £5m bid to the Arts Council in December but pulled out just three days before the closing date.

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People power at Ludlow Assembly Rooms

3rd February 2012

A deal has been agreed to hand Ludlow Assembly Rooms over to the community – securing the venue for future generations. The centre’s trustees have decided to pursue plans to take over responsibility of the building from Shropshire Council. The decision means they can now move forward with ambitious proposals to create a new entrance to the centre off the town’s market square. The news is a major boost for the venue, which last year was suffering severe financial problems leading to a reduction in opening hours and a public fundraising campaign to support the theatre.

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New look Sherman Cymru revealed after facelift

2nd February 2012

Cardiff’s best known cultural venues is ready to reopen its doors after a two-year redevelopment. The £6.5m project has transformed the Sherman Cymru Theatre following a redesign by Jonathan Adams, from Capita Symonds Architecture, who also designed the Millennium Centre building in Cardiff Bay,

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Hanley theatre's Council funding is only in place for three years

2nd February 2012

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has agreed to pay £458,000 to support the running of Hanley’s Mitchell Arts Centre over the next three years. But the council has warned that the funding will then be ‘significantly’ reduced by 2014. It is hoped that the Mitchell Memorial Youth Art Centre (MMYAC) – the charitable trust which runs the attraction – will draw up a business plan to ensure it will no longer need to be propped up by the council.

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Everyman theatre bosses launch £1m funding drive to complete rebuild and support Liverpool talent

2nd February 2012

A £1m public funding drive was launched to help complete the rebuilding of Liverpool’s famous Everyman theatre and support new city talent. The Everyone for the Everyman appeal will raise the remaining funds towards the £28m total cost of the project, due for completion in 2013. Around half the money will also go towards supporting the next generation of actors, writers, designers, technicians and directors.

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