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Funding blow not in Oldham Coliseum theatre’s script

21st November 2011

Council chiefs have slashed their contribution to the Coliseum’s refurbishment by almost a third in the latest funding blow to hit the theatre. But Oldham Council leader Jim McMahon has denied accusations his party is neglecting the town’s “jewel in the crown” and says support is being focused on helping the Coliseum gain funding for a new building. The allocated budget was slashed by £435,000, which was needed for urgent repairs to the building.

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Witney's recently closed Corn Exchange groups campaign for reopening

21st November 2011

Most of the groups who use Witney’s closed Corn Exchange have found new homes but users have still formed a campaign group to push for the entertainment centre to reopen. User groups were left in the dark when the arts centre suddenly closed last week, with owners Witney Town Council saying heating and ventilation systems faced “imminent failure”.

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Plans to sell Darlington Arts Centre

21st November 2011

Darlington Council plans to sell its art centre as part of a massive cut in spending. The council says the building costs too much to run at a time of government cuts. Instead they plan to sell the building and use any profits to invest in arts provision elsewhere in the town.

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Barking’s Broadway Theatre faces closure

21st November 2011

The future of the £5 million Broadway Theatre in Barking is at risk after its local authority announced proposals to cut all funding to the 340-seat venue. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is currently considering a proposal to terminate its grant to the venue beyond April 1, 2012.

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Hunstanton new theatre operator is waiting in the wings to save Princess

18th November 2011

A new operator is waiting in the wings to rescue Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre. Town-based Hallard Entertainment is in talks with West Norfolk Council to take on the lease until January 2013, Hunstanton Town Council heard. The theatre closed a fortnight ago when C&R Hunstanton suddenly terminated its lease of the building.

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Trust adds to the drama in Bedford Civic Theatre closure bid

18th November 2011

A key organisation is the latest to oppose plans to turn Bedford’s Civic Theatre into a one-stop council shop. The Theatres’ Trust has raised its objection to the idea to re-assign the Horne Lane premises. The Trust, which complained after it was left out of initial consultations, has already prevented similar proposals from going ahead across the country.

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Witney Corn Exchange forced to close after falling into state of disrepair

18th November 2011

The Corn Exchange in Witney town centre has been forced to closed, after falling into a state of disrepair. The town council decided temporary closure was the only option for the grade II listed building at a meeting held on Monday. The decision was prompted by the latest building inspection report, which was received last week.

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Blog: What’s the future of arts venues? Designing the future…

17th November 2011

Last night, as part of OMA / Progress and The Barbican Centre exhibition, I attended a panel discussion relating to architecture, audience and the arts called Designing for the Next Generation: What’s the Future of Arts Venues? Part lecture, part chaired discussion, the focus of the evening was on how architects are working to design arts venues that impact on future generations of audiences (and artists) blogs Jake Orr from A Younger Theatre.

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Tricycle Theatre gets new artistic director

17th November 2011

The Tricycle Theatre has appointed a new artistic director to replace Nicolas Kent when he leaves the north London venue in 2012 after 28 years. His post will be filled from next May by Indhu Rubasingham, whose previous work includes shows at the National, Royal Court and Almeida theatres.

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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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