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The Earl of Clancarty suggests statutory entitlement to arts

13th May 2011

The Earl of Clancarty took the opportunity to ask what steps the Government were taking to encourage the provision of arts at a local level. He suggested that the English arts sector should follow the Welsh example and introduce a statutory level of provision imposed.

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Bristol Old Vic staging pirate ship show

13th May 2011

The Old Vic is to site the 50ft galleon outside the 18th Century theatre building as an open-air stage for a production of Treasure Island. The theatre has been undergoing major refurbishment for the past four years The show will run from 7 July to 26 August and King Street will be closed to traffic during show times.

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Views sought on future arts provision in Darlington

13th May 2011

More than 1,200 residents have set out how much the arts matter to them as part of the Darlington Arts Enquiry Group Voices and Views programme which aims to find out about the arts people enjoy. John Orchard, of Marchday, owners of Lingfield Park, who chairs the Enquiry Group, said: “So far nearly 1,200 people have given us their views, and we aiming for 1,500 by the end of this first round of consultation.

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Greenwich is first to benefit from sharing resources with the National

12th May 2011

Greenwich Theatre has become the first venue to share back office functions with the National Theatre, in a move that will cut costs for the smaller organisation. Greenwich launched new ticketing and box office software that is hosted by the National’s Tessitura system last week.

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Richard Pilbrow to Release New Book – A Theatre Project, A Backstage Adventure

10th May 2011

Internationally award winning lighting designer and author Richard Pilbrow is set to release a new book this summer, A Theatre Project: A Backstage Adventure. Mr. Pilbrow is the author of such industry books as Stage Lighting Design which was first published in 1970 and is still and industry staple for upcoming professionals.

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Edinburgh Festival Theatre marks fire which killed The Great Lafayette

9th May 2011

The 100th anniversary of a fire which killed 10 people including famous magician, The Great Lafayette, is being marked by an Edinburgh theatre. The fire started after a gas lamp was knocked over, which set fire to the scenery, during the magician’s act at the Edinburgh Empire on 9 May 1911.

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Global art: nice canapes, shame about the show

7th May 2011

State subsidy is not the only way to cultural excellence, and often it only perpetuates mediocrity, says Simon Heffer.

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Globe’s £1 million donor visits site of Bankside Jacobean theatre

6th May 2011

An American philanthropist who has given £1 million to Shakespeare’s Globe’s fundraising appeal has visited Bankside to see the site of the planned replica indoor Jacobean theatre.

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Curtain drawn on former Edinburgh Odeon demolition plans

6th May 2011

A controversial proposal to demolish the auditorium of the former Edinburgh Odeon in Clerk Street is set to be refused by planners. The scheme would see developer Duddingston House Properties (DHP) knock down the B-listed art deco auditorium, restore the front part of the building and convert it into a hotel. But city planners have said the auditorium is economically viable, is of special architectural interest and that DHP’s valuation was unrealistic.

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Newcastle's Theatre Royal will be 'brand spanking old'

5th May 2011

Newcastle’s Theatre Royal is two months into a 22-week restoration. Stripped back to a shell, heaving with scaffolding, it is being returned to its 1901 appearance. Built in 1837 the theatre was gutted by fire in 1899, after a production of Macbeth. Re-designed by the famous architect, Frank Matcham, it re-opened in 1901.

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