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Chester Odeon cinema developers vow to fight on

7th July 2011

Developers behind rejected plans to transform the former Odeon cinema into a multi-million pound nightspot have vowed to fight on. Last month, planning officers gave the thumbs down to a proposal by owners Brook Leisure to turn the Northgate Street building into a 466-seat theatre, cinema, performance space, restaurant, cafe and bars. The application had been recommended for refusal as it was claimed the £6 million development would be “wholly out of character and scale” with existing businesses in the surrounding area.

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Theatr Colwyn revamp delayed

7th July 2011

The £750,000 revamp of a theatre has been delayed several months due to structural problems. Extra work at the 350-seat Theatr Colwyn will cost tens of thousands of pounds – but bosses insist it’s within the redevelopment’s budget. The theatre in Colwyn Bay was due to reopen in the spring, but work is now due for completion in August, with bookings already taken for September.

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Blog: Dark clouds and a silver lining for the north-west's outdoor theatre

7th July 2011

Arts cuts spell curtains for the Dukes theatre’s alfresco events in Lancaster, but Chester’s new open-air arena ensures the show goes on, rain or shine blogs Alfred Hickling for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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Craig-y-Nos Castle, home of opera star Adelina Patti, put on the market for £1.5m

6th July 2011

Craig-y-Nos Castle, which once belonged to one of the world’s greatest opera stars, has been put up for sale for £1.5m. The creation of world-famous 19th-century singer Adelina Patti, the opera house at the heart of the massive neo-Gothic complex in Pen-y-Cae, in the Swansea Valley, remains a resplendent testimony to her vision.

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Wellingborough Castle Theatre to remain under current management

6th July 2011

Wellingborough councillors decided to go against officers’ recommendations and agreed in principle to continue with the theatre’s present management, rather than award a 10-year contract to Phoenix Leisure Management Ltd. The Castle theatre’s chief executive Gail Arnott and board member Rae Leveny appealed to councillors to continue to allow it to be led by charitable organisation The Castle Wellingborough Ltd, which has run it since it opened in 1995.

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Kent blames arts cuts as he steps down from Tricycle

6th July 2011

Nicolas Kent is resigning as artistic director of the Tricycle Theatre in London after 27 years, citing funding cuts as the “sole reason” for leaving.

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Transformation grant for Argyll's Dunoon Burgh Hall

6th July 2011

The B-listed Burgh Halls in Dunoon are to receive a grant of £161,241from Historic Scotland towards repairs as part of a total project cost estimated to be £1,198,867. The building was the only theatre in Argyll from its construction in 1873 until it closed in the 1960s. It went out of use completely in the 1980s and was eventually registered as a Building at Risk.

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Liverpool's Everyman theatre says goodbye … for the moment

5th July 2011

Liverpool’s legendary theatre went down in a blaze of glory last weekend with a finale full of fond memories – but it will be back blogs Vicky Anderson for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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Leicester Curve has much in common with the leading arts venues

4th July 2011

The new boss of Curve theatre believes it will become a symbol of Leicester in the same way Sydney Opera House became a symbol of the Australian city. Chief executive Fiona Allan has worked at the opera house in her native Australia and was formerly the artistic director of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

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Arts organisations encouraged to rely on private money instead of subsidies

4th July 2011

The culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has announced a £55m scheme to help and encourage arts organisations to build up endowment funds from private money rather than being too reliant on public subsidy. Hunt has put former Conservative minister Michael Portillo in charge of the scheme, which will see organisations competing for around 50 grants of between £500,000 and £5m to match the money they raise from private sources.

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