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Time Out's disappearing London landmarks: The Astoria Theatre is missed and reminisced

23rd May 2011

Check out this incredible time-lapse video – a bird’s eye view of the Astoria’s demolition – and raise a pint of cider as it’s levelled to the ground for the sake of Crossrail.

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Volunteers to reopen Theatr Gwaun in Fishguard

23rd May 2011

A theatre that closed in March when the council ended its funding is to be reopened by volunteers. Campaigners have been handed the keys to Theatr Gwaun in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, after striking a deal with the county council. They say they plan an expanded programme of films and live events to appeal to a wide audience.

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London's Soho Theatre moves into gear

20th May 2011

Thursday night in Soho, and the place is absolutely heaving. You literally can’t get down the street because of the crowds standing outside the pubs and none of these people are going to the theatre. Still, the Soho Theatre in Dean Street feels more a part of its own environment these days, as new artistic director Steve Marmion oversees some big changes.

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London Councils withdraws all funding to arts organisations

20th May 2011

No arts organisations are to be funded by London Councils beyond this summer, as the umbrella body’s rerun decision process leaves the cultural sector even worse off than first time round. London Councils had announced plans to cut £3 million financial support for the arts across the capital in December 2010, affecting companies including Theatre Royal Stratford East and Clean Break. In February, a High Court judge ordered that the decision process be rerun, quashing all of London Councils’ original funding cuts.

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Lord Lloyd-Webber pledges £32m to art charities

20th May 2011

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation is to donate £32m to UK art and culture organisations. The money, raised by the sale of a Picasso painting last year, is intended to make “a significant contribution to many people’s lives”.

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Awards for Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre

20th May 2011

Staff from the Edwardian venue were honoured at one of the theatre industry’s most prestigious awards ceremonies. Celebrating success, Marina manager Martin Halliday was named as theatre manager of the year and the venue’s senior technician, Karl Dunnett, won Gaffer Of The Year – which was presented for achievements in technical operation.

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We are more: Act for culture in Europe

20th May 2011

we are more (2010-2013) is a Europe-wide arts advocacy campaign set up by Culture Action Europe. It will use the upcoming EU political and financial negotiations for the period 2014-2020 as a timely opportunity to develop and sharpen the arguments used when advocating for arts and culture.

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Theatre world unites in bid to rescue Dress Circle

20th May 2011

Performers and theatre industry professionals have rallied around Dress Circle, after The Stage revealed the showbiz shop is facing closure. Theatre industry professionals have rallied around Dress Circle since the announcement of it’s possible closure

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Blog: Act now can theatre help with climate change?

19th May 2011

Theatremakers are thinking more than ever about climate change, but it’s behind the scenes where we can make a real difference blogs Dudley Hinton and Sebastian Armesto.

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SOLT figures reveal 10% first quarter dip in West End audiences

19th May 2011

West End box office returns were down 6% in the first quarter of this year, according to figures released by the Society of London Theatre. Compared to the same period last year – covering January 1 to March 31 – box office revenue dropped by 6%, while attendances were down 10%.

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