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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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Bennetts' RSC theatre recreated in the Big Apple

4th July 2011

A full size replica of Bennetts Associates’ Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford upon Avon has been constructed in just three weeks in New York. The replica, built of pieces of steel assembled and shipped across the Atlantic by the RSC, is being assembled at Park Avenue Armory’s Drill Hall, which boasts 55,000 sq ft of column-free space.

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Decision on future of Worthing's historic theatres

2nd July 2011

A decision on the future of four historic theatres is to be made in the autumn. Worthing’s Connaught Theatre, Ritz Cinema, Pavilion Theatre and Assembly Hall currently cost taxpayers £1.4 million a year to run. To save money Worthing Borough Council sought expressions of interest from those who would like to take over the running of the venues. In just a few weeks 13 potential offers were made ranging from commercial theatre companies through to locally led groups.

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Corwen pavilion could be saved with £60,000 claim

1st July 2011

Campaigners fighting the demolition of their closed community centre say a surveyor’s report proves it can be saved for under £60,000. Denbighshire council delayed flattening Corwen Pavilion after protesters started legal proceedings. An interim injunction was given to opponents providing they commissioned an independent survey by Friday.

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King’s Lynn Arts Centre unveils first season’s programme as an independent trust

1st July 2011

Saved from closure after the arts community rallied round to save it, King’s Lynn Arts Centre today unveiled its first season’s programme as an independent trust. Actor Brendan Coyle, who has appeared in Lark Rise to Candleford and Downton Abbey, was also unveiled – as its patron for the performing arts.

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Theatre tackles the green role

1st July 2011

As venues examine their money-saving options, Sian Alexander of Julie’s Bicycle, a non-profit company working with the arts and creative industries to reduce their environmental impact, investigates the progress being made. It is almost exactly a year since Julie’s Bicycle launched its UK-wide programme to help theatre reduce its environmental impact.

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Re-opening of Ayr’s Gaiety boosted by £50,000 loan

1st July 2011

Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre is to benefit from a £50,000 loan aimed at helping the venue re-open before the end of the year. The theatre went dark in 2009 for health and safety reasons, but the Ayr Gaiety Partnership – comprising local businessmen – has since been working towards raising money to enable the venue to re-open.

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