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Emergency public funding could save Byre Theatre

29th January 2013

Fife Council leaders have agreed with administrators handling the stricken Byre Theatre in St Andrews to draw up a joint valuation of “essential” facilities. The bail-out of the theatre – which could involve a six-figure sum of public money – is being pursued urgently as Scottish culture secretary Fiona Hyslop threw her weight behind efforts to save the venue.

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West End theatre sees slight uplift despite Olympics

29th January 2013

Ticket sales rose slightly last year despite competition from the Olympics, according to figures released by the Society of London Theatre (Solt). Overall sales increased by 0.27% to £529.7m, with audiences up 0.56% to 13.99 million on 2011’s totals. Solt president Mark Rubinstein said he was “delighted” there had been growth in sales for the ninth year running.

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Trip Advisor-style website allows public to rate West End theatre seats

28th January 2013

Called Seat Plan, the site allows theatregoers to review how comfortable a seat is, its general condition, the leg room it has and what the view of the stage is like when sitting in it. It is the brainchild of theatregoer Ben Jackson and theatre director Tim Sullivan.

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Will British cities copy Newcastle's culture cuts?

28th January 2013

Newcastle City Council has announced plans to scrap £1.2 million in subsidies to theatres and other arts venues. Nick Forbes, the council’s leader, said it had been left no choice because of central government’s funding cuts.

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Arts participation hit by cuts, says Welsh assembly report

28th January 2013

Budget cuts are limiting the opportunities for people to get involved with the arts in Wales, according to a committee of assembly members. They want the Welsh government to create an action plan that will increase participation in things like theatre and dance groups.

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Regional theatre roundtable: When shall we three meet again?

27th January 2013

As regional theatres face life-threatning cuts, Jonathan Church, artistic director of the Chichester Festival Theatre, Josie Rourke artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse and Erica Whyman, deputy artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, tell Fiona Mountford from The Independent about their vital magic


Byre Theatre in St Andrews to go into liquidation

26th January 2013

The Byre Theatre in St Andrews is likely to go into liquidation next week, BBC Scotland has learned. The theatre was originally a cow shed, but has played host to drama productions since the 1930s. It was formally reopened by Sir Sean Connery after undergoing a £5.5m facelift in 2001. But recent funding cuts left the theatre unable to produce its own shows.

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Byre Theatre in St Andrews board 'deeply regrets' closure

26th January 2013

The board of the Byre Theatre in St Andrews has expressed “deep regret” over its enforced closure. The theatre, which has hosted drama productions for the past 80 years, was forced to cease trading this week after running into financial difficulties. The board said it had explored all avenues to try to keep it open, but there had been no alternative to liquidation.

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Westminster City Council proposes to remove all arts funding by 2014/15

25th January 2013

Soho Theatre and English National Ballet will be among those groups set to lose funding from Westminster City Council following a proposal to phase out all of its arts budget by 2014/15. A report to the local authority’s budget and performance task group lays out plans to cut the council’s annual £350,000 spend on arts organisations by removing £150,000 in 2013/14 and a further £200,000 in 2014/15.

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Setback for proposed Chester's £40.5m theatre and cinema complex

25th January 2013

Plans for a £40.5m theatre and culture complex in Chester have suffered a £5m setback. A bid for capital investment funding to the Arts Council was unsuccessful. The complex planned for the former cinema in Northgate Street includes a 800-seat theatre and a 200-seat theatre, two cinemas and a library. Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Stuart Parker said it “remained committed to a providing first-class theatre and cinema venue”.

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