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Letters: Scarborough Council wrong on Futurist

27th April 2012

Councillor David Jeffels’ letter does little to reassure those who recognise a need to retain and develop the Scarborough Futurist as a place of live entertainment (page 8, 19 April).

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Refurbished Edinburgh Assembly Rooms unveils Fringe line-up

27th April 2012

The new operator of Edinburgh Fringe venue the Assembly Rooms has unveiled its programme for this year’s event, promising to keep prices down and cut out the venue’s infamous queues. The £9.3 million refurbishment to the Assembly Rooms by the city council, which owns the building, is due to be completed in June. Salt’n’Sauce promotions, which also runs the Stand comedy clubs, has taken over the fringe tenancy for a five-year.

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Lincoln College Oxford to refurbish Arts Centre

27th April 2012

Lincoln College, one of the colleges of Oxford University, will move forward with plans to refurbish their Arts Centre after designs by Stanton Williams Architects were granted planning permission.

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Competition opens for temporary sustainable theatre as part of World Stage Design 2013

26th April 2012

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is seeking temporary theatre proposals to be built in Cardiff as part of the World Stage Design 2013 festival in Cardiff. The contest is open to students and young professionals who graduated in the past three years. Collaborative proposals are also welcome.

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Research finds energy efficiency not dependent on theatre size

26th April 2012

New research has revealed that the size of a theatre does not dictate how efficiently it uses energy. The study was carried out by the green arts organisation Julie’s Bicycle, which used data from more than 100 performing arts venues to create a series of benchmarks about energy usage. During the course of this research, JB discovered that no size of venue or type of art form was necessarily more or less energy efficient than another.

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Corby Cube built to 'dangerous' design, report says

26th April 2012

The Corby Cube was built with “dangerous” design flaws which had to be corrected, a report has revealed. The building, which houses council offices, a library and theatre, had a staircase described as “like a helter skelter”, among other faults. A leaked report by Corby borough councillors said essential changes meant the building’s capacity for people was reduced to 1,560 – half of the 3,000 originally envisaged.

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Akkeron to lead Plymouth Pavilions proposed scheme

26th April 2012

Members of Plymouth City Council’s (PCC) cabinet have approved Akkeron Leisure as the preferred bidder for a proposed £83m redevelopment of the city’s Plymouth Pavilions site. It is anticipated the scheme will deliver a remodelled entertainment arena through Akkeron’s wholly-owned Five Directions Limited subsidiary, as well as residential and retail elements.

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The Maltings at Berwick to get ACE funding increase

25th April 2012

The Maltings at Berwick in Northumberland is to receive a 316% increase in its Arts Council funding over the next three years, said to be the fourth highest percentage increase in the country. The money has been granted to allow the venue to head up the newly-created Berwick Visual Arts, an organisation which will manage provision at a series of venues in the town.

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Leith Theatre to get new lease of life

25th April 2012

Leith Theatre is set to get a new lease of life, if plans by the Leith Theatre Trust to take over the building get approval from Edinburgh Council on Thursday 24 April. The Council’s Culture and Leisure Committee will consider outline plans for a five year lease on the theatre and the next-door Thomas Morton Hall. This would give the Trust time to develop plans and find funding for a long term development of the building as a “community and cultural asset” under a further 30 year lease.

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University and Derby LIVE split: Arts Council decision beckons

25th April 2012

Two-and-a-half years after forging a partnership described as “unique”, the University of Derby and Derby LIVE have gone their separate ways. When the University took out a 99-year lease on the old Derby Playhouse, it brought in the city council’s entertainments division, Derby LIVE, to organise the artistic programme. Now the university is embarking on a new future even though it missed out on Arts Council funding.

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