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Liverpool Contemporary Urban Centre to close

2nd December 2011

The centre on Greenland Street will close in the New Year. The arts and entertainment venue, in a renovated Grade II-listed Victorian warehouse on Greenland Street, is run by People Can. The charity said funding cuts coupled with the economic downturn had forced the closure, which will take place in January The centre opened in 2008 and includes a cinema, theatre and auditorium, wedding venue and a restaurant and bar.

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Performers protest against West End parking hike

2nd December 2011

Musicians and actors have held a protest in the West End against Westminster City Council’s plans to extend parking charges in the borough. The new parking charges will target the area south of Oxford Street, including Theatreland, and will see a rate of £4.40 an hour charged all day on Fridays and Saturdays until midnight, and between 1pm and 6pm on Sundays. A reduced hourly rate of £2.20 will also be charged from 6.30pm until midnight from Monday to Thursday.

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John Peel Arts Centre in Stowmarket needs £25K for revamp

2nd December 2011

The John Peel Centre for the Arts in Suffolk is trying to raise £25,000 before Christmas. It is seven years since the broadcaster died and the arts centre was set up in his memory. His widow Shelia Ravenscroft is now backing the campaign to give it a revamp.

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Liverpool’s Royal Court theatre win lottery funding for February revamp

2nd December 2011

The Liverpool Royal Court will begin its £10.6m redesign in February after winning £867,800 of Heritage Lottery funding. to start phase one, which includes restoring its art deco auditorium. The grant will enable its management team to apply for other sources of capital to complete the ambitious design.

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Listed Derby Hippodrome 'not seriously damaged' in fire

2nd December 2011

Fire crews attend fire at the Hippodrome Firefighters from six stations tackled the blaze on Green Lane. The structure of a Grade II-listed building in Derby was not seriously damaged by a recent fire, fire officials said.

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Worksop: From Acorn theatre grew

1st December 2011

Worksop’s Acorn Theatre is like a second home to Craig and Hayla Hawes and their two children and it became literally that when the snow hit last winter and they were stranded there for the night. Hayla and Craig, of Edwinstowe, are part of a band of volunteers who keep the Acorn Theatre running, doing everything from manning the box office to designing publicity show posters.

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Yarmouth bingo hall to be sold despite protest

1st December 2011

Bosses have ignored a plea to save a bingo hall in Great Yarmouth and are pushing ahead with plans to sell the site. Mecca Bingo said they are “open to offers” for the former Regent Theatre on Regent Road, which they decided to vacate after claiming the site’s poor parking facilities had contributed to a loss of money.

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HLF helps bring Merthyr Tydfil Old Town Hall back to its heyday through a £2m investment

1st December 2011

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today announced a grant of £2million to fund the repair and transformation of the Grade II* listed Old Town Hall into a vibrant new cultural and creative industries centre in Merthyr Tydfil. Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association (MTHA) has been awarded the money to secure the future of the building, which has been derelict for over 10 years.

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Fraudster Paul Coxwell is back - as Michael Barrymore’s agent

1st December 2011

Paul Coxwell, the disgraced theatre producer and venue operator, has re-invented himself as an agent and is currently claiming to represent performer Michael Barrymore. In January this year, a Stage investigation revealed that Coxwell, who had been jailed for £500,000 of VAT fraud in 2009, was working under a new identity – Paul Parker. As Parker, he was serving as the chief executive of StageLive, which was operating the recently reopened Broadway Theatre in Peterborough.

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Theatres Trust seeks information on future of Little Germany Theatre

1st December 2011

The national advisory public body for theatres has contacted Bradford Council voicing concern over the future of the Little Germany Theatre, which is up for sale.

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