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Bury St Edmunds: Apex review described as “170 pages of rhetoric” by Theatre Royal supporters

30th November 2012

Supporters of the Theatre Royal have described a report into a controversial management merger with the Apex as “170 pages of rhetoric”. A two year review into the Apex, which includes a study into the feasibility of a so-called ‘single operation’, claims the move would give the Regency playhouse “increased financial resilience.” Last night members of the Theatre Support Group (TSG) claimed the document, which will be go in front of St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee, presented the venue in “inaccurate and bad ways.”

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National Theatre boss rebukes culture secretary over arts funding stance

30th November 2012

Sir Nicholas Hytner challenges Maria Miller’s claim that the arts lobby is over-stating dangers posed from further cuts

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The O2 vows to expand theatre offering

29th November 2012

London’s the O2 is looking to expand its programming beyond live music and establish itself as an entertainment destination similar to the Southbank Centre.

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Central School of Speech and Drama receives royal title

29th November 2012

The Central School of Speech and Drama has been awarded royal status by the Queen. As part of her Diamond Jubilee year, the monarch has honoured the training centre by re-naming it the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

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Deadline set for merger of The Apex and Theatre Royal management in Bury St Edmunds

29th November 2012

A final decision over the proposed management merger of The Apex and the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds will be made early next year. Councillors on St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s overview and scrutiny committee are expected to back the move next week which is designed to bring initial savings of £145,00 a year.

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Blog: Sam Wanamaker Theatre promises masses of learning

29th November 2012

Earlier this week I had a quick peek at the fabulous new Sam Wanamaker Theatre, the indoor Jacobean space being built as part of Shakespeare’s Globe and due to open early in 2014 – something to look forward to very much writes Susan Elkin for The Stage Education & Training Column.

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Report on philanthropy in regional arts organisations published by government

29th November 2012

A government report examining how to increase philanthropy in regional cultural organisations recommends that arts chief executives should lead the fundraising effort rather than delegating this task to other employees. Authored by Peter Philips, the chairman of Birmingham Opera Company, Philanthropy Beyond London says that executives, as well as artistic directors, should become fundraising ambassadors for their organisations.

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Letter: Government is doing what it can says Ed Vaisey

29th November 2012

Letter written to The Stage In the current debate about arts funding, I agree with much of what has been said. Yes, our regional theatres are very good value, and yes, they produce brilliant work. But I don’t accept the idea that all this is in jeopardy because of alleged government indifference and a lack of public funding.

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Arts face battle to avoid funding 'abyss'

29th November 2012

Faced with savage budget cuts, Newcastle is the first city to plan to scrap council funding to theatres and other arts venues – and more cities may follow suit. Can arts subsidies be justified when vital services are being reduced?

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Maria Miller responds to criticism over arts cuts

29th November 2012

Culture Secretary Maria Miller has hit back at criticism from senior arts figures over cuts to arts budgets. “Much of what we’re hearing from the arts world is close to pure fiction,” she wrote in the Evening Standard. “Accusations that this Government neither likes nor supports the arts are disingenuous in the extreme,” she said.

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