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Art has the power to create communities

18th July 2011

With the arts under financial attack, it is time to make a strong case for their social benefits writes Gerard Lemos, a partner at Lemos & Crane Social Researchers.

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Scotsman Letters: Dundee Kings Theatre plans

18th July 2011

The article on theatres at risk in Scotland (Scotsman 15 July), does not mention one of the finest and largest theatres that is still dark – the Kings Theatre in Dundee.

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Talks over Tunbridge Wells Civic Complex (including Assembly Hall) to be webcast

17th July 2011

The future of the civic complex in Tunbridge Wells will be discussed by councillors on Wednesday. Arrangements have been made for a live webcast of the meeting because the civic complex “is always a matter of great interest”, the Kent council said. The council had said part of the site, which houses, Assembly Hall theatre, the town hall library and museum, could become shops.

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Could this be the final curtain for Welsh theatres as 2011 Theatre Buildings at Risk register released

17th July 2011

The number of theatres in Wales placed on the “at risk” register has doubled in the past year. A total of 10 venues, including Barry’s Theatre Royal, St Donats Arts Centre in the Vale of Glamorgan and Theatr Harlech, are all deemed under threat by The Theatres Trust. But two buildings which appeared on the list in 2010 – Theatr Elli in Llanelli and Patti Theatre in Craig-y-Nos – have been removed this year as it’s believed their futures are now secure.

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Redcar Palace Theatre demolition under way

16th July 2011

The transformation of the derelict Palace Theatre on Redcar seafront, into an £8.3 million ‘Hub’ for the creative industry, has moved a step closer now demolition has started on site. The demolition will take around two months to complete and will be carefully managed by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council contractor, Surgo Construction Limited.

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Brighton Astoria added to list of theatres at risk

16th July 2011

Two historic entertainment venues are considered ‘at risk’ by theatre heritage experts. The Astoria, in Gloucester Place, Brighton, has been added to the Theatres Trust’s 2011 list of deteriorating theatres that face threat of deterioration and demolition. The Brighton Hippodrome, in Middle Street, remains on the list and is considered to be in one of the poorest states of any theatre in the country.

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ACE propose Open Day to discuss theatre in Derby

15th July 2011

Following last week’s State of the Art column expressing fears for the future of home-grown theatre in Derby, Arts Council England has been in touch with Qt to talk about its plans.Regional director Peter Knott says: “We have set aside funds for theatre in Derby, the allocation of which will be subject to an application process. Clearly there is a tight time schedule which is important to everyone involved, particularly in the current economic climate. Arts Council England continues to work in partnership to find a solution surrounding the funding of theatre in Derby.

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ATG bosses Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire talk about their plans for the Liverpool Empire

15th July 2011

They’re Mr and Mrs West End, and for the last two years they’ve been voted the most influential people in British theatre – ahead of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh and Bill Kenwright. Husband and wife team Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire also happen to own the Liverpool Empire along with 38 other UK venues and they reveal they’ve got big plans for the Lime Street landmark.

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Theatre Royal Winchester appoints Mark Courtice as new chief executive

15th July 2011

Mark Courtice has been appointed as the new director and chief executive of the Theatre Royal Winchester. Courtice had already been acting as interim director since the departure of former chief executive Fiona Burn, who left to join York Barbican.

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Community wins national support to save Edinburgh's Stockbridge Theatre

15th July 2011

A trust set up to protect the UK’s theatres has urged the city council not to sell off a historic venue in Edinburgh. The B-listed Stockbridge Theatre on Hamilton Place has been put up for sale because city chiefs cannot afford to spend the money needed to keep it open. A campaign to save the theatre as a community venue has already won the support of former Edinburgh International Book Festival director Catherine Lockerbie, and a page set up on Facebook has attracted more than 400 followers.

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