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Royal Shakespeare Company could build flatpack Stratford replica in London

10th January 2012

The Royal Shakespeare Company will build a flatpack replica of its 975-seat Stratford theatre to use in London if new proposals are adopted.

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Two secret backers for new Telford theatre campaign

10th January 2012

Campaigners planning a new theatre in Shifnal have had an unexpected New Year present, with secret donors giving hundreds of pounds towards a fighting fund. Shifnal Theatre Committee wants to turn the site occupied by the town’s former magistrate’s court into a special space for the arts and fun, from drama and dance to music and movies.

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St Peter's Theatre, Portsmouth to close at end of year

10th January 2012

St Peter’s Theatre in Portsmouth which has provided community arts for almost 90 years is to close at the end of 2012. St Peter’s Church in Southsea is relocating and selling the church building and the adjoining theatre it owns and operates. The Hampshire church said rising costs and a dwindling congregation were the reasons behind their decision. Campaigners say hundreds of people use the theatre, which has facilities such as a raked stage and a fly tower.

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Community group hopeful of restoring Lincoln's Ritz cinema

10th January 2012

A Lincoln cinema is set to be restored by a group of volunteers after closing its doors to the public more than 15 years ago. Off the Bench, the group behind the project, want to use the the former Ritz cinema venue on the High Street as a youth theatre and commercial cinema.

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Blog: Why a London home for the RSC is a capital idea

10th January 2012

For too long, the company has been seen only fitfully in London. It’s a wasteful state of affairs blogs Michael Billington for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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Culture Cuts: Barking's Broadway theatre left reeling as council withdraws £331,000 subsidy

9th January 2012

Negative reviews for decision by London borough of Barking and Dagenham to stop funding the Broadway in Barking writes Mark Brown for The Guardian Culture Cuts.

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ABTT Show announces new East London venue for 2012

9th January 2012

For 2012, the ABTT Theatre Show is moving to the ‘Old Truman Brewery’ a new venue for the event, located in the heart of a thriving and booming creative community in East London. The organisers say: “The move is in keeping with the creative and artistic roots of theatre and the ethos of the annual ABTT Theatre Show.”

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Harrogate Royal Hall plans hit cash hurdle

9th January 2012

A bid by Harrogate Theatre to take over the running of the Royal Hall looks “unlikely”, according to one of the theatre’s directors. Russell Davidson, who is also chairman of the Royal Hall Restoration Trust, said that unless the Harrogate International Centre (HIC) changed tack, the odds were against the theatre taking over the historic venue.

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Lincoln's Ritz Cinema set to reopen

9th January 2012

A cinema in Lincoln is set to reopen after standing derelict for more than a decade. The Ritz cinema on the High Street closed in 1996 but a community group has announced plans to renovate and refurbish the venue. Pete Genders, from Off the Bench, said it would open as both a commercial cinema and youth theatre this year.

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Priceless? A blog on the very idea of measuring cultural value

9th January 2012

This interactive blog seeks to stimulate discussion across the cultural sector on the very idea of measuring cultural value. Dr Claire Donovan is an academic working at DCMS to write a report on this issue, and wants to know what you think. Can the value of culture be measured by government in monetary (or other) terms, or is it ‘priceless’?

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