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Basingstoke and Dean Council arts funding blow

27th January 2012

Cultural groups in Basingstoke and Deane are set to be hit with an average six per cent cut in the funding they receive from the borough council. Central Studio, Fairfields Arts Centre and eight other organisations will all lose out as the local authority seeks to save more than £100,000 from its arts and heritage budget.

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£1m plan to upgrade Basildon Towngate Theatre are approved

27th January 2012

A £1m refurbishment of the Towngate Theatre will also go ahead Deputy leader of the Conservative-controlled authority, Stephen Horgan, said the plans would address the “over-provision of retail and under-provision of leisure, restaurants, cafes and bars”.

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Witney Corn Exchange fire exits were dangerous, report reveals

27th January 2012

The fire exits at Witney’s Corn Exchange did not provide a safe means of escape, it has emerged. Ten “major” faults have been identified at the hall in Market Square since it was closed following the discovery that the heating and ventilation system was in danger of “imminent failure”.

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Flintshire County Council plans to spend £15m rebuilding County Hall and Clwyd Theatr Cymru

26th January 2012

As part of Flintshire County Council’s 10 year capital strategy, a scheme which sees the council bring together all its financial plans for the next decade, Mold’s County Hall would be demolished and rebuilt at a cost of £15m and nearby Clwyd Theatr Cymru would also see investment of £25m.

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Plymouth Theatre Royal plans to expand

26th January 2012

Plans to expand Plymouth Theatre Royal with a two-storey extension and a new education space have been submitted to the venue’s local council. The proposals include building a creative learning space within the theatre’s existing basement, replacing the building’s exterior aluminium cladding, renovating the front of house areas and re-landscaping the area outside the venue.

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Letter: Hippodrome instead of Derby Pride Park concert hall

25th January 2012

Considerable controversy seems to have arisen about the possibility of a concert hall for Derby being built at Pride Park (“4,000-seat concert hall planned for Pride Park”, Derby Telegraph, January 8).

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Mark Taylor to leave Wales Millennium Centre

25th January 2012

The chief executive of the Wales Millennium Centre, Mark Taylor, is to leave his post after less than two years. Taylor joined the centre from his post as commercial and venues director at the Barbican Centre in August 2010. According to a statement released by the WMC, he is leaving to pursue opportunities in the international business event and leisure sector.

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Culture trust for Durham 'could improve services' says council leader

25th January 2012

Simon Henig, Labour leader of Durham County Council, said handing management of flagship venues such as the Gala Theatre, Killhope Museum and Hardwick Park, Sedgefield, to a non-profit-making trust could mean they were ‘better off’. !It’s the responsibility of this council to find as many ways as we can to move forward while protecting as many services as possible.

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Billington's A - Z: G is for Tyrone Guthrie

24th January 2012

He may be relatively little-known, but this giant of a director changed theatre for good – not least in his campaign to break down the proscenium arch writes Michael Billington for his A to Z of modern drama

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Westcliff's Palace Theatre centenary to be marked by students' films

24th January 2012

The Palace Theatre, in Westcliff, will mark its anniversary on 21 October with a number of events and projects. The centenary is to be be celebrated with a series of films made by pupils from nearby schools. Local historians will work with 10 schools to create a film for each decade of the theatre’s history.

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