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Details revealed of Darlington's 'hotel for the arts'

5th October 2012

The developers behind a project to restore a former arts centre closed because of council budget cuts have spoken publicly about their plans for the first time. Graham Thrower and Andy Bottomley, the men behind plans to develop Darlington Arts Centre into a hotel, with associated arts space, have pledged to create a “worldclass facility for local people” and say they are extremely positive about the project.

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New Community Right To Bid regulations published

4th October 2012

Today CLG: Communities and neighbourhoods published Community Right to Bid regulations and non-statutory advice for local authorities in England on the listing of assets of community value as part of the Localism Act 2011 and the Assets of Community Regulations 2012.

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Aim to put Tiverton Community Arts Theatre on show map

4th October 2012

Promoter Vernon Hutchings has a mission…to help put the new community arts theatre at the town’s high school on the big-time entertainment map. For many years he’s staged popular gigs at local venues like the New Hall, Tiverton Town FC, and Heathcoat Hall. But he now sees a big future ahead for the 300-seater venue.

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Edinburgh Queen’s Hall refurbishment plans turned down for Creative Scotland funding

4th October 2012

Multi-million-pound plans to overhaul one of Edinburgh’s leading concert venues have been dealt a huge blow after they were rejected by Scotland’s arts agency. The Queen’s Hall – one of the key venues for the Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival – had been hoping to win backing for a complete restoration of its main auditorium and the creation of a new 125-seater venue at the back.

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Action needed to stop Darlington Civic Theatre going into decline

4th October 2012

Darlington’s Civic Theatre was saved from closure last year by Darlington Borough Council and attracts a wide range of local, national and international productions. But a report produced for the borough council’s cabinet by historic theatre consultants, Theatre Search, has warned that the grade II-listed building is no longer fit for purpose and needs significant expenditure and modernisation if it is to attract theatre companies in the future.

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Donations support vision for proposed theatre in the Wellholme Galleries

4th October 2012

Members of the Yarborough 780 Rotary Club have presented £500 to the Class Act Theatre Arts And Community Trust, which wants to convert the former Welholme Galleries into a theatre.

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Theatre for Exeter city 'would not work'

4th October 2012

Cold water has been poured on calls for a new 1,000-seat theatre in the centre of Exeter by a city councillor. Calls for a new theatre/concert hall were made on the back of a one-day exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the closure of Exeter’s Theatre Royal.

Theatre historian Dick Passmore started a petition because he thinks if Plymouth and Torquay can sustain such a theatre, so could Exeter. However, Cllr Bull told the Echo: “Mr Passmore’s exhibition attracted some 750 visitors. “The new theatre would need to attract at least that number of people for each of eight performances a week to make economic sense.

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The Talisman Theatre: centre stage in Kenilworth for 70 years

3rd October 2012

Since its beginnings as a play-reading group made up of employees at the Rover factory in Coventry in 1942, the Talisman has brought to audiences ten plays every year, with the forthcoming production of Shakespeare’s Richard III taking the total to 677. And with on average around 700 people filling seats per month, the small theatre, nestled in a quiet residential area, continues to be popular.

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The Stage Columns: Regional, yes but not ‘provincial’

3rd October 2012

The word ‘regional’ is a loaded one. It carries baggage. As theatre journalist Catherine Love wrote in a recent column for Exeunt, it’s “a tag that risks being used to imply something limited, something insular and blinkered, perhaps even something quaintly pastoral.”

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RIBA hits out at government’s ‘inflexible’ school templates

3rd October 2012

The RIBA has blasted the government’s plans for a fresh wave of standardised schools, claiming they will ‘deprive’ students and teachers of quality learning environments

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