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Lowestoft Players in new Marina Theatre deal

21st October 2011

An amateur dramatics group which feared it was being priced out of the Marina Theatre will continue to put on shows at the Lowestoft venue. The Lowestoft Players said they would have to quit the theatre if the new Marina Theatre Trust significantly raised the cost of hosting productions. The two parties have now agreed a financial deal which means the Players will present two shows in 2012. They will then meet again in the spring to discuss future arrangements.

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Peterborough Broadway Theatre goes into liquidation

21st October 2011

One of the east of England’s largest entertainment venues has gone into voluntary liquidation. StageLive Peterborough, the company that runs the Broadway Theatre had promised customers their money would be safe. But it is now unlikely they will get anything back.

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£180,000 pledge to save Workington Carnegie theatre

20th October 2011

Workington’s Carnegie Theatre is on the road to being saved after plans for an £180,000 revamp were revealed. Plans have been put in place for the makeover of the rundown Finkle Street building by Allerdale council. The authority will spend £100,000 on the venue for improvements to the roof, toilet facilities and a PA system and has applied for an £80,000 grant from the Coalfields Trust to help pay for the work.

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Labour questions Ed Vaizey’s commitment to arts sector

20th October 2011

Newly-appointed shadow culture minister Dan Jarvis has branded his opposite number Ed Vaizey a “disappointment” in government, claiming he has not defended the arts sector strongly enough.

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John Blackmore to leave Bolton Octagon

20th October 2011

John Blackmore, executive director of the Octagon Theatre in Bolton, is to leave the venue after 11 years. He is leaving at the end of June 2012 to pursue his work as a freelance theatre consultant.

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11 November Happy 100th birthday Liverpool Playhouse!

20th October 2011

On Friday 11 November the Liverpool Playhouse will reach its 100th birthday. This mighty milestone will be celebrated with a gala performance of The Ladykillers and the launch of a new book, Liverpool Playhouse: A Theatre and Its City, as well as a series of events throughout the day.

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RCA print exhibition is a radical take on Shakespeare

20th October 2011

In 1964, the Royal College of Art gave a group of printmakers du jour the loosest of briefs: to design work based around the theme of Shakespeare, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s birth. Judging from the farrago of images they got back, pictured here, from abstract and expressionist lithographs to one ‘pop art’ image which combined a Shakespearean sonnet with clippings of the Apollo space mission, they better reflected the tastes and trends of 1964 than 1564.

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Northern Light appointed to install at The Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock

20th October 2011

Graham Construction has appointed Northern Light to carry out design and installation of technical systems for Greenock Arts Guild’s brand new venue, The Beacon Arts Centre, which is expected to complete in late 2012.

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Report on Localism Bill in Lords: List of assets of community value amendment to include cultural interests

19th October 2011

Extracts from the Lords Report (5th Day) Localism Bill 10 October,10.21, Clause 75. Baroness Hanham (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government; Conservative) ... “I turn to the government amendments… Amendments 202B to 202F place a definition of asset of community value on the face of the Bill.”

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Debate on Planning in the Lords: Lord Rogers on the case for cities and culture

19th October 2011

Extracts from the Planning Debate, 13 October, moved By Lord Rooker. To call attention to the Government’s consultation paper on proposed changes to the planning system (National Planning Policy Framework) and to move for papers.

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