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Regional consortium launched to tour large-scale musicals

16th November 2011

Fifteen of the UK’s leading independent theatres have come together to create Music and Lyrics, a consortium that will specialise in producing large-scale musical tours.

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Darlington Arts Centre could close among budget cuts whilst Civic stays

16th November 2011

Darlington Council plans to make 155 redundancies, shut the town’s Arts Centre and remove bus subsidies. The council has set out proposals to reduce spending by £10.8m. An initial proposal to shut the town’s Civic Theatre has now been scrapped but it will instead receive a much-reduced council subsidy.

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Burton's Repton School 400 Hall Theatre reopens after £3.3m revamp

16th November 2011

A Derbyshire theatre is to reopen following a £3.3m renovation of its facilities. The 400 Hall at Repton School, near Burton, now has adjustable seating and a new stage. The revamp also includes a new extended foyer area with a prism to allow natural light in to the building.

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Shentons View: Will the Olympics mean curtains for the West End?

15th November 2011

A story last week on financial website ThisIsMoney.co.uk reported that the Really Useful Group are considering shutting down some of its West End shows during the Olympics next year. “It’s being discussed, although nothing has yet been confirmed”. a RUG spokesman tells the site blogs Mark Shenton for The Stage..

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Byre Theatre to stay centre stage with new Fife cultural trust

15th November 2011

Following the recommendation by the local authority’s housing and communities committee to create a new cultural trust for Fife to run its libraries, museums, theatres and archives, the Byre Theatre board has pledged to work with the council and fellow cultural partners to ensure a sustainable long term future for cultural services in the region.

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Curtain finally comes down on Hull Truck theatre’s former home

15th November 2011

After welcoming countless theatre-goers and hosting thousands of performances, the curtain has finally fallen at the former home of Hull Truck Theatre. Contractors have started demolition work at the site in Spring Street which was home to Hull Truck for more than 25 years.

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Ilford's Kenneth More chairman and campaigners vow to fight for theatre

15th November 2011

The chairman and supporters of a theatre have vowed to fight for its future after it emerged Redbridge Council is considering closing the venue. It was revealed last month that top level town hall discussions had taken place over the possible closure of Kenneth More Theatre (KMT) in Oakfield Road, Ilford. The proposal involves redirecting £1.2 million to Sir James Hawkey Hall in Broomhill Road, Woodford Green, to make it the borough’s centre for amateur dramatics.

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Royal Opera House launches iPhone game

15th November 2011

Opera and ballet fans will have the chance to experience the life of a stage manager in a new Royal Opera House computer game. The venue has collaborated with game developer Hide and Seek on the app, The Show Must Go On, which is available from Apple’s app store from today.

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Grease comes to the aid at Morecambe Winter Gardens

14th November 2011

Thieves targeted the Grade II listed Winter Gardens in Morecambe, which was built in 1870, and removed almost 45 square metres of lead flashing from the roof and carried it off in a wheelie bin. Lancashire Police’s crime prevention officer Jan Brown has now secured funding from the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC) to provide the Friends of the Winter Gardens, who own the building, with property marking kits to protect the premises.

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Leeds dance base wins National Lottery Award and Civic Building of the Year

14th November 2011

The purpose-build headquarters of Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre has won the National Lottery Award for Best Arts Project 2011 and the 2011 Civic Building of the Year award by the Society of Chief Architects for Local Authorities (SCALA). The awards comes as the two companies celebrate a year in their new home.

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