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Colchester Mercury Theatre's closure feared if Council funding is cut further

21st July 2011

More funding cuts could force Colchester’s Mercury Theatre to close, it is feared. Colchester Council wants to secure the future of the Mercury, arts group Firstsite and Colchester Arts Centre by giving them a better insight into how much it will give them in the next three years. The groups saw their funding slashed by a combined £100,000 this year.

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Dumfries’ historic Theatre Royal saved from closure by Holywood Trust

21st July 2011

A cash injection has lifted the closure threat hanging over the historic Theatre Royal in Dumfries. A six-figure sum from the Holywood Trust will see a two-year redevelopment of the Shakespeare Street venue get underway. And it means the place where Robert Burns and JM Barrie once visited can continue to be a destination for theatre-goers of the future.

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Cwmparc Hall now ‘at risk’

21st July 2011

The future of Cwmparc Hall in Parc Road, is uncertain according to a report released by The Theatres Trust. It shows 10 venues across Wales have been labelled as under threat, bringing the total to 58 in the UK. The hall, which costs about £100,000 to run annually has slowly become less of an attraction according to its development manager Lorraine Jones.

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New pop-up theatre The Yard to open in Hackney

20th July 2011

A new theatre is due to open in an unused warehouse in Hackney Wick this weekend, which has been built using reclaimed materials from the Olympic Park.

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Theatres turn to rep in hard times

20th July 2011

Kingston’s Rose Theatre has become the latest venue to announce a mini-repertory season, as organisations look at new ways of cutting costs. Rose executive director David Fletcher said: “We have included Farewell to the Theatre in our programme for artistic, not financial, reasons. However, playing shows in rep does bring financial as well as artistic advantages.

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Investment call to safeguard Clwyd Theatr Cymru’s future

20th July 2011

Major investment is needed in Clwyd Theatr Cymru to safeguard its future and make it fit for the 21st century, it has been claimed. Private sector income through weddings and conferences could be one way of generating cash for the Mold-based arts centre. The future of the Flintshire Council-governed theatre came under the spotlight yesterday as a new three-year business plan was adopted.

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Two theatres shortlisted for Regeneration & Renewal Awards 2011

20th July 2011

The Corby Cube and the Barnsley Civic Theatre have both been shortlisted for two different categories in the Regeneration and Renewal Awards 2011. This year’s awards feature 14 categories designed to celebrate every aspect of this most diverse of sectors, from housing design to tackling worklessness.

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Fears over new Pontio arts centre in Bangor allayed

20th July 2011

Fears over the future of the proposed new arts centre in Bangor have been allayed by project officials. An application for a vital grant was deferred last week and worrying rumours circulating at Bangor University that the £3m bid for Arts Council of Wales funding by the Pontio Project had been rejected were denied by officials.

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Morecambe: The seaside town and Winter Gardens that cuts brought to a standstill - video

20th July 2011

John Harris visits Morecambe, once described as the ‘Brighton of the north’ but where recession and cuts have brought its regeneration to a halt. He meets with Council representatives and Evelyn Archer to discuss the future of Morecambe Winter Gardens (2.36) and the wider regeneration issues of the area.

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UK Parliament debates: arts - regional theatres

20th July 2011

Viscount Clancarty (Crossbench) asked Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage and support theatre within the regions. View the full debate.

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