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Why Is DC's Highly Successful Shakespeare Theatre Company Fighting To Avoid Eviction?

15th September 2013

Washington’s Shakespeare Theatre Company basked in Broadway limelight last summer when it received the Regional Theatre Tony Award. What does an internationally acclaimed classical troupe do for an encore? On June 12, 2012, two days after winning the Tony, the STC began legal proceedings against its longtime landlords in the Lansburgh Building. The case was publicised as a spat over rent: The troupe had been paying $70,000 annually for its 450-seat facility, and suddenly the Lansburgh officials were demanding $480,000.

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Workington's Carnegie Theatre set to reopen after £500,000 facelift

12th September 2013

The new look Carnegie theatre in Workington opens its door to the public next week. Nearly £500,000 has been spent on the Finkle Street building to revamp the auditorium and Monroe’s bar and on Tuesday the first show will take to the stage.

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Axe will fall on funds for leisure says Wolverhampton City Council leader

12th September 2013

Leisure centres, the Grand Theatre and the Civic Halls have been warned of further cuts to their grants as 1,000 council jobs face the axe. In a candid interview with the Express & Star Councillor Roger Lawrence, leader of Wolverhampton City Council, said the authority would focus on services that were ‘absolutely essential’ as it grapples with an £89 million black hole in funding over the next five years.

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Tight times: Arts Development UK's latest survey on arts spending

12th September 2013

Arts Development UK (AD:uk) has just completed its tenth annual local authority spending survey to assess the level of arts spending for 2013/14. The survey shows continued and significant changes to budgets in local authority arts spending.

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Cardboard Citizens handed £1,000 by young actors

12th September 2013

Members of a youth theatre who were runners up in a national money management competition handed over a £1,000 cheque to help the homeless.

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Hopes of early return for Byre Theatre dashed

11th September 2013

Hopes that a “soft opening” of the Byre Theatre in St Andrews could happen in early autumn have been dashed. Fife Council has confirmed that it is “unlikely the building will now reopen until 2014”.

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Stage designers the unsung heroes of theatre

11th September 2013

A new exhibition celebrating stage design is a timely reminder of just how important the art form is to a theatre production, says Rupert Christiansen. Fired by the directorship of Hilary Boulding and graced with splendidly renovated premises, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff has recently become a powerhouse of innovation and collaboration across the performing arts.

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Lichfield Garrick chief calls for more venues to support My Theatre Matters!

11th September 2013

Lichfield Garrick’s chief executive Adrian Jackson has encouraged theatres across the UK to get involved and “embrace” the My Theatre Matters! campaign.

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Sean Holmes on Secret Theatre: 'There are no assumptions; it's about honesty'

9th September 2013

Frustrated by British theatre’s conservatism, the Lyric Hammersmith boss has decided to shake things up with a season of secret shows. With funding squeezed, we’ve come to expect cultural cheerleading. Arts leaders fight their corner, championing their chosen discipline wherever possible. Theatre, we’re told, feeds television and film. It pays its way in VAT and cultural tourism and generally does this country proud. Look at War Horse, Jerusalem or One Man, Two Guvnors.

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Hulme Hippodrome restoration plans announced by Youth Village

9th September 2013

It was the place to be seen in Manchester when The Beatles played to packed houses, but the Hulme Hippodrome since fell into disrepair – now campaigners are hoping to raise enough cash to refurbish the Grade II-listed building. Local youth campaigners want to see the building, which featured an ornate three-tier theatre, a ballroom and a restaurant, turned into an arts centre and hub for groups in the Manchester area.

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