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Burton tribute at £22.5m Royal Welsh College opening

30th June 2011

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s new £22.5m Cardiff base opened with a tribute to Richard Burton. His daughter Kate was unveiling a bust of her father while actor Robert Hardy was reading a eulogy to the late Welsh-born Hollywood star. The development in the grounds of Cardiff Castle includes a 450-seat concert hall and a 160-seat theatre named in honour of Burton.

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Brighton's Palace Pier up for sale

29th June 2011

Brighton’s landmark Palace Pier has been put up for sale by owners the Noble Group. Property firm GVA Humberts Leisure is handling the sale of the Grade II listed structure which includes the entire issued share capital of the Brighton Marine Palace and Pier Company, which was established by Act of Parliament in 1888, to develop and operate the pier.

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Arts Council England unveils Catalyst Arts plan to help theatres foster philanthropy

29th June 2011

Theatres “of all shapes and sizes” will have the chance to bid for a slice of Arts Council England’s £40 million fund to encourage private philanthropy, it has been announced. ACE said this week that the £40 million Catalyst Arts fund would be distributed through three different channels to meet the needs of different arts organisations.

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London's Questors Theatre joins forces with university for new BA in Theatre Production

29th June 2011

London community venue the Questors Theatre is teaming up with a local university to offer a new BA in theatre production. The course will be provided jointly by the venue’s new Questors Academy and the University of West London. The university is also accrediting two of the Questors’ existing acting training courses as part of the new partnership.

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Patricia Cumper ends five-year run at Talawa

29th June 2011

Patricia Cumper has announced she is to leave Talawa, one of the UK’s flagship black theatre companies, after more than five years as its artistic director. She re-established the organisation as a non-building based company and will leave in early 2012, following the current season which celebrates Talawa’s 25th anniversary. She took over the running of the company in 2006, at a time when Talawa was still coming to terms with the failure of its project to create the UK’s first black-led, black-built theatre in Westminster.

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Earlsdon Theatre given a cash windfall

29th June 2011

Criterion Theatre in Earlsdon has £500 to spend on new auditorium seating thanks to Shortland Horne, based in nearby Moor Street. The theatre is undergoing a big fundraising exercise to help refurbish the property as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

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Ludlow Assembly Rooms receives anonymous funding boost

28th June 2011

The future of Ludlow Assembly Rooms had been in doubt after Arts Council England cut its annual £60,000 grant, but the theatre has been celebrating after receiving £50,000 from an anonymous donor. Director Paula Redway said the donation would be delivered in five annual installments of £10,000. She added that a further £30,000 had been donated to the venue at a fundraising event at the weekend.

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Leek developers to press ahead on multiple leisure plans

28th June 2011

Residents in a town which has been without a major entertainment centre for decades, could soon have a choice of venues. Two rival multi-million pound projects are forging ahead in Leek. Developers are poised to submit a formal planning application for a Staffordshire Moorlands District Council-backed multi-million pound cinema and bowling alley on the High Street car park. Meanwhile, four investors who have deposited £7.4 million in a bank ready to redevelop the town’s Foxlowe building, are pressing ahead with their plans.

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Christopher Haydon is the Gate’s new artistic director

28th June 2011

Christopher Haydon has been appointed as the new artistic director of London’s Gate Theatre. He will take over from current joint artistic directors Natalie Abrahami and Carrie Cracknell, who will step down in January 2012 after nearly five years in their posts.

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Noises off: Why can't artists and administrators get along?

28th June 2011

Can the uneasy marriage between playwrights and those who help promote their work be patched up? This week’s Noises Off is riven with internecine conflict. In the red corner: playwrights and artists; in the blue: arts administrators and marketers. The seemingly never-ending war between those who make the work and those who run the theatres has broken out again blogs Chris Wilkinson for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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