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Lyme Regis Marine Theatre back on track

27th October 2011

The Marine Theatre appears to be back on secure financial footing, making an £18,000 profit over the last six months. The Lyme Regis theatre was brought back from the brink of closure in December with a £30,000 grant from Lyme Regis Town Council. The authority has since received monthly trading figures from the theatre to ensure the money is being spent in the right way.

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Shadow culture minister to examine state of the arts in the regions

27th October 2011

New shadow culture minister Dan Jarvis has announced he is to launch a report about the arts in the regions. He said that he wanted to find out if philanthropists are more likely to donate to organisations in cities such as London and Manchester rather than in areas including Luton and Barnsley, which is Jarvis’ constituency.

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West End stays on course for £500m box office hat-trick

27th October 2011

London’s Theatreland looks set to break the £500 million mark for the third year in a row, with revenues during the summer up 5.6% on the same period in 2010. Theatre producers and owners suffered a difficult opening to the year – box office revenue was down 6% between January and March. However, this picked up during the second quarter which was 2% up on the same period in 2010. That improvement has now been carried on into the third quarter.

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Boyd envisions blueprint for RSC London home by end of next year

27th October 2011

Outgoing Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Michael Boyd has revealed that he hopes to have a “blueprint” for a permanent London home for the RSC before he leaves in 2012. Speaking to The Stage, Boyd stressed that he still had some significant projects that he wanted to get underway before his departure.

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Work finally to start on Newbridge Memo restoration

27th October 2011

Work on restoring the iconic Newbridge Memo and Institute should start in early December, with a main contractor set to be appointed in the next few weeks. There has been huge interest in the project and 30 tenders were received from companies from all over the UK who wanted to take on the two-year project. The project team has spent the last couple of month whittling the applicants down to a top five. They started the final part of the process yesterday, with the main contractor set to be announced in the next couple of weeks.

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New theatre mooted as part of Earls Court redevelopment

26th October 2011

Developers are being encouraged to include a new theatre on the site of Earls Court 2, after submitting a planning application to demolish the exhibition venue. An outline planning application has been submitted to Hammersmith and Fulham Council by EC Properties requesting permission to demolish the existing buildings and create a mixed- use site, which would include up to 17,671 square metres of space devoted to culture, community, health or education uses.

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Last gasp for Theatreland to quell £70m parking drain

26th October 2011

New West End parking rates that threaten to cost London theatres millions in ticket sales are to be introduced a month later than planned, prompting a final push from campaigners to see the charges dropped completely.

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London Mermaid returns to its theatrical roots temporarily

25th October 2011

The historic Mermaid will return to its theatrical roots in November when London-based theatre and actor training company The Actors’ Temple stage a Hamlet masterclass there.

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New 400 seat Bierkeller Theatre for Bristol

25th October 2011

A new 400 seater theatre is set to open its doors in Bristol later this year. The Bristol Bierkeller, famous for its Rock music and Teutonic themed nights, aims to focus on diversity and affordability in order to complement the Bristol theatre scene. Already tested as a theatre during a recent Shakespeare Festival, this unconventional and flexible space plans to intimately excite and entertain Bristol audiences with inventive and visceral productions from a range of local, national and international companies.

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Oldham Coliseum’s local authority funds fight

25th October 2011

Oldham Coliseum could lose a vital local authority grant after a spending review of a £3.4million fund for not-for-profit organisations. The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) handed a £102,700 revenue grant to the theatre this year — but this could be reduced or withdrawn following the release of details of a new scheme.

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