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Kingston Rose overhauls management structure

28th November 2011

Kingston’s Rose Theatre has apppointed Robert O’Dowd as its new chief executive. O’Dowd replaces David Fletcher, who is stepping down as executive director in 2012, and he will also take over the chief executive function currently undertaken by artistic director Stephen Unwin.

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Skegness Embassy to benefit from £600,000 foreshore revamp

27th November 2011

Plans for a £600,000 revamp of a Lincolnshire seafront have been approved by councillors. East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) has agreed to fund the project on the foreshore at Skegness. The exterior of the Embassy Theatre will be revamped and railings and lampposts will be repainted.

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Worthing theatres to stay in council hands

26th November 2011

Three theatres in a West Sussex seaside town are to remain in the control of the council despite fears that budget cuts could threaten their future. Worthing Borough Council asked for bids to run the Pavilion and Connaught theatres and the Assembly Hall in May. It said 17 had been received, but none offered sufficient savings for the council, which needs to cut £4.5m from its overall budget over three years.

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Derby Hippodrome theatre damaged in fire

26th November 2011

An investigation has begun into a fire which damaged a listed theatre in Derby. Crews from six stations were called to the fire at the Hippodrome in Green Lane at about 3:30 GMT. Due to concerns about the building’s safety officers would not be able to enter it for a number of days, Derbyshire Police said. The area around the derelict Grade II-listed theatre remains closed.

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London's Blackheath Halls appeals for more community support

25th November 2011

Blackheath Halls was near to closure earlier this year after its funding was cut in the midst of the economic downturn. A late grant meant it survived but now backers are urging south-east Londoners to support events to prevent the curtain coming down for good.

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Arts Council of Wales sets out strategy for young people

25th November 2011

The Arts Council of Wales is planning to fund arts spaces specifically for children and promote jobs in the creative industries as part of its new strategy for young people.

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Redbridge Council warned over Kenneth More Theatre closure

24th November 2011

The boss of the national Theatre’s Trust has warned Redbridge Council that any plans to close the Kenneth More Theatre would not “stack up”. Director Mhora Samuel wrote to council chief executive Roger Hampson after the Recorder reported rumoured proposals to close the 37-year-old theatre and move productions six miles away to Sir James Hawkey Hall, a community space in Broomhill Road, Woodford Green.

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Bristol City Council spares the axe on arts funding

24th November 2011

Bristol City Council has agreed a standstill budget for grants to arts organizations for the next three years. The move comes despite the Council having to make £70 million of cuts over the next four years. The council admitted that the brunt of the cuts in funding have come from the council’s own arts and events budget, which has been slashed by 22%. This allowed the council to maintain grants to arts organizations at the current level of £901,610, say officials.

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Conference 12: Delivering Sustainable Theatres - The challenge of achieving the triple bottom line

24th November 2011

The Theatres Trust, The National Advisory Public Body for Theatres, has launched its sixth annual conference, ‘Delivering Sustainable Theatres’ – the challenge of achieving the triple bottom line.

Taking place on 12 June 2012 at Stratford Circus in London, next to the Olympic Park in East London, the Conference will explore how theatre buildings are managing their building’s resources and addressing their future sustainability. With its timing scheduled to take place the day before the ABTT Theatre Show, Conference attendees and sponsors will be able to take advantage of these co-located events, and network with the UK’s theatre sector as they congregate in London.

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NAYT axes staff in a bid to stay in business

24th November 2011

All but one member of staff from the National Association of Youth Theatres will have been made redundant by the end of the year, as part of a series of measures aimed at saving the development agency.

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