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English Heritage Angel Awards to be chaired by Andrew Lloyd Webber

11th June 2011

Lord Lloyd Webber, whose Really Useful Group is one of the largest theatre companies in London, will chair the judges of English Heritage’s Angel Awards in his latest role to promote cultural landmarks. The awards celebrate efforts to restore Grade I, Grade II and Grade II* listed buildings or monuments that are on English Heritage’s Heritage at Risk register.

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Derby Hippodrome group's restoration plan

11th June 2011

A group aiming to restore a derelict Derby theatre has said it is confident it can be saved. The Grade II listed building has been empty for years, and part of it collapsed in 2008. A professional study into the benefits of restoring the venue is being planned by the Hippodrome Restoration Trust, a local voluntary group. This, it is hoped, will persuade the city council to allow the trust to take over ownership of the venue.

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Blog: Regenerating cities by converting empty buildings into theatres

10th June 2011

Across Britain disused warehouses, industrial buildings, pools, churches, town halls and cinemas have been converted into theatres. This year at our annual conference on the 14 June at the Pleasance in Islington we’re taking a look at some of them, considering their place alongside purpose built theatres and assessing their value to artists, regeneration of towns and cities and the life of local communities blogs Kate Carmichael for This Big City Blog.

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Edwardian sunburner to reappear at Newcastle Theatre Royal

10th June 2011

An Edwardian gem unearthed on North Tyneside is to form part of the restoration of a Newcastle theatre. The Theatre Royal’s restoration team has been looking for historic pieces as part of its £4.75m transformation. The ornate Edwardian gas burner was discovered at Wallsend’s demolished Borough Theatre in May 2010 but until now, the team was unaware of its potential.

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Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama revamp unveiled

10th June 2011

A £22.5m development of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, including a 450-seat concert hall, has been unveiled. There is also a 160-seat theatre named after actor Richard Burton, along with studio, teaching, rehearsal and foyer spaces. The concert hall is named after Dora Stoutzker, a major donor’s mother who used to teach music in south Wales.

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New role for Winchester theatre boss at York Barbican

10th June 2011

The boss of the Theatre Royal in Winchester has resigned after six years to take on a similar job in her native Yorkshire. Fiona Burn started work this week as general manager at York Barbican, which has recently reopened after a £2m refit. The 1,500-seat venue is four times larger than the Theatre Royal and along with live music and theatre it hosts the UK Snooker Championships.

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Mark Rubinstein succeeds Nica Burns as SOLT president

9th June 2011

Independent producer Mark Rubinstein has been appointed as the new president of the Society of London Theatre, succeeding Nica Burns. Rubinstein is currently producing Butley in the West End. Other credits include La Clique at the London Hippodrome. He was previously finance director at the Royal Court and a senior producer for Bill Kenwright Ltd.

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New rules for working with tallescopes announced

9th June 2011

After discussion amongst the Tallescope Working Party – which comprises representatives from SOLT, TMA and a range of UK theatre industry organisations, members of the HSE and the manufacturers of the Tallescope, Aluminium Access Products – the ABTT, on behalf of the industry, is pleased to announce new rules for working with tallescopes.

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Big Read: Can-can girls have gone but show goes on says Wilton's Music Hall Artistic Director

9th June 2011

Losing out on lottery funding “may not be the end of the world” for Wilton’s Music Hall. That’s the view the artistic director at the world’s oldest music hall is taking after the dust has settled on her frustration earlier this month upon learning that the venue had lost out on £2.3million worth of funding. The grade II listed building is literally falling down around her as she talks about her vision for its future, but Frances Mayhew is still optimistic.

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Local authority arts funding plummets says Arts Development UK

9th June 2011

Councils in England and Wales have cut funding for the arts by more than a third since 2008, according to a new report. Arts Development UK has released the results of a survey claiming that the average local authority arts budget has fallen by 38% since 2008. In the last year alone, the level has dropped by 16.3% – down from an average of £455,819 in 2010 to £381,605 in 2011.

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