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‘At risk’ Isle of Wight Ryde Theatre may be sold

22nd July 2011

Ryde Theatre may be sold for other uses. Having failed to find an operator for the building it closed a year ago, the Isle of Wight Council has confirmed it is drawing up a list of alternative uses. Earlier this year a proposal for Platform One music college to take over the theatre collapsed as the college did not have enough money to renovate it. It came as the parlous state of the theatre was recognised on a national “at risk” register.

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Ayckbourn - Regional transfers to West End ‘drying up’

22nd July 2011

Alan Ayckbourn has claimed it is becoming harder for writers based outside London to secure West End transfers for their plays, with commercial producers now picking up shows “closer to home”. The playwright, who is directing two of his own premieres this season at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, also said he felt that “one looks vainly for new work” in the commercial West End.

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Late-bar boost for Finsbury Park theatre with a mission to welcome everyone

22nd July 2011

Islington’s top cop made an impassioned plea on Tuesday for the Town Hall to clamp down on late drinking in Finsbury Park because it has become one of the worst areas for violent crime in London. Acting borough commander Adrian Usher was speaking to the licensing committee, who were deliberating on whether to allow the new Finsbury Park theatre to serve alcohol into the early hours of the morning.

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RSC’s £113m revamp shortlisted for Stirling Prize

21st July 2011

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s £113 million redevelopment of its Stratford-upon-Avon home has been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, awarded annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Bennetts Associates were the architecture firm responsible for the transformation of the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres, which opened at the end of last year. The project is one of six buildings shortlisted for the prize this year.

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Sheffield Theatres jobs at risk as cuts bite

21st July 2011

Managers in charge of two Yorkshire theatres have announced 12 jobs are at risk while other staff are being redeployed or seeing their roles “developed” as a result of arts funding cuts. Sheffield Theatres said earlier this year that it faced a 10 per cent income cut in real terms.

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Llandridnod Wells' Albert Hall on 'risk list'

21st July 2011

The historic Albert Hall in Llandrindod Wells has been deemed ‘at risk’ by an arts organisation. Built in 1896, the Grade-II listed building has been ranked alongside ten other theatres throughout Wales as being under threat. This is despite refurbishment four years ago, which involved the management committee raising £35,000 towards the project and securing a £80,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Colchester Mercury Theatre's closure feared if Council funding is cut further

21st July 2011

More funding cuts could force Colchester’s Mercury Theatre to close, it is feared. Colchester Council wants to secure the future of the Mercury, arts group Firstsite and Colchester Arts Centre by giving them a better insight into how much it will give them in the next three years. The groups saw their funding slashed by a combined £100,000 this year.

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Dumfries’ historic Theatre Royal saved from closure by Holywood Trust

21st July 2011

A cash injection has lifted the closure threat hanging over the historic Theatre Royal in Dumfries. A six-figure sum from the Holywood Trust will see a two-year redevelopment of the Shakespeare Street venue get underway. And it means the place where Robert Burns and JM Barrie once visited can continue to be a destination for theatre-goers of the future.

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Cwmparc Hall now ‘at risk’

21st July 2011

The future of Cwmparc Hall in Parc Road, is uncertain according to a report released by The Theatres Trust. It shows 10 venues across Wales have been labelled as under threat, bringing the total to 58 in the UK. The hall, which costs about £100,000 to run annually has slowly become less of an attraction according to its development manager Lorraine Jones.

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New pop-up theatre The Yard to open in Hackney

20th July 2011

A new theatre is due to open in an unused warehouse in Hackney Wick this weekend, which has been built using reclaimed materials from the Olympic Park.

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