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St Peters Theatre Southsea could be made community asset for future

20th November 2012

Portsmouth City Council has asked the campaigners fighting to save St Peter’s Theatre to use part of the localism act to try and keep it for future use. More than 5,000 people have signed a petition urging the council to help them save the Fraser Road theatre, and yesterday it was debated at a meeting of the full council. If the supporters are successful in getting the building listed as a community asset by the city council, it cannot be sold without giving community groups a chance to put together a proposal and raise the money to buy it themselves.

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Blog: Was Will Gompertz right when he said the arts had been subsidised to 'no great effect'?

20th November 2012

A report on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme argued that Arts Council England’s mantra of ‘great art for everyone’ was unachievable. Is that too bleak a view? blogs Charlotte Higgins for The Guardian.


OBI Property advises on sale of Theatre Royal, Manchester

20th November 2012

Today OBI Property confirmed it represented Benmore Group on the sale of Theatre Royal, Peter Street, Manchester to Edwardian London, the owners of the Radisson Blu Edwardian Free Trade Hall Hotel next door to the building, for an undisclosed sum.

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Hoxton Hall receives green light for full Heritage Lottery Fund grant

19th November 2012

Hoxton Hall is delighted to announce its success in achieving a grant of just under £1.8 million, which will enable the charitable organisation to save, preserve and restore this unique 149 year old Grade II* listed music hall theatre.

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Brunton Theatre Musselburgh reopens

19th November 2012

The Brunton in Musselburgh has reopened its main hall after a £3.7 million upgrade to create a flexible performance space.. Since its closure 18 months ago, the building has been rebranded and the hall has been transformed into a highly versatile, state of the art space, capable of accommodating every kind of event, from concerts and conferences to weddings, community activities and catered functions. The venue will launch to the public with a programme of music, comedy and drama, following its official opening by the Provost of East Lothian on Monday 19 November.

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Lottery cash boost for Rothesay Pavilion project

19th November 2012

A project which aims to preserve one of Scotland’s most significant surviving Art Deco buildings has edged closer to obtaining £2.7m of lottery funding. Argyll and Bute Council and the Prince’s Regeneration Trust are leading efforts to repair and restore Grade-A listed Rothesay Pavilion.

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Edwardian Group acquires abandoned Theatre Royal in Manchester

19th November 2012

The owner of the Radisson Blu Edwardian Free Trade Hall hotel in Manchester has bought the Theatre Royal building next door. Plans for the vacant Grade II-listed venue – which was opened in 1845 and has been used as a cinema and nightclub – are yet to be finalised.

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Oldham wins funds to develop new heritage centre and theatre

19th November 2012

Labour council’s vision of the Pennine hill town as an attraction for a ‘new kind of visitor’ takes another step forward. Oldham has won initial Heritage Lottery funding for its proposed new Heritage Centre and Coliseum Theatre which would complete what the council describes as the ‘town jewels.’

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North East arts venues prepare for 100% cuts

16th November 2012

Major arts venues in Newcastle, including the Theatre Royal, Northern Stage, Tyneside Cinema and Seven Stories, have been warned to brace themselves for a 100% cut in funding from the city council. This would mean the Theatre Royal, the council’s principal beneficiary, losing more than £500,000 annually.

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Blog: Chichester Festival Theatre RENEW demolition underway

16th November 2012

On 27 October Private Lives drew to a close on an emotional night for the Theatre, and many of us felt a little pang of fearful disbelief at the thought of a cold winter with no Chichester Festival Youth Theatre or incoming touring productions to prop us up. But that is where the Theatre and its vagrant staff find themselves. Vagrant in a very comfortable sense, decamped in the Steven Pimlott building blogs Victor Manley Campaign Coordinator of Chichester Festival Theatre’s RENEW Campaign.

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