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Liverpool's Everyman theatre prepares to close its doors with a day long party for theatre faithful

17th June 2011

“Bring some tissues – but also be prepared to smile,” says Everyman and Playhouse artistic director Gemma Bodinetz mysteriously. What is she talking about? The day of events that mark the closure of the Hope Street theatre. After all the talking, the fundraising and planning, and after almost 50 years at the forefront of Liverpool’s theatre scene, the Everyman is set to close its doors on July 2.

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Harrogate's Royal Hall 'costing £1,000 a day'

17th June 2011

The future of a multi-million pound refurbished theatre is under debate after it emerged it was costing £1,000 a day to run and had few bookings. The refurbishment of Harrogate’s Royal Hall saw it shortlisted for a prestigious design award in 2008. But now the Conservative administration at the council wants to review the costs of the theatre. The Royal Hall Restoration Trust said it was not being marketed effectively.

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Roy Hudd speaks out in support of Wilton’s Music Hall

16th June 2011

Comedian Roy Hudd has labelled as “disgraceful” the Heritage Lottery Fund’s decision to reject Wilton’s Music Hall’s application for funding. Last month, the London venue was thrown into crisis when its £2.25 million application to HLF was rejected. The grant would have helped to fund the £3.5 million cost of work needed to make the historic building structurally sound in the long term. Hudd, who is president of the British Music Hall Society, said the London venue had “proved to be a commercially successful building” and deserved the HLF’s support.

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John Stalker resigns as chief executive of Edinburgh theatres

16th June 2011

John Stalker, chief executive of the Festival City Theatres Trust which runs Edinburgh’s Festival and King’s theatres, has announced his resignation with effect from June 30.

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Unions unite to measure cost of cuts in Lost Arts campaign

16th June 2011

Entertainment unions Equity, BECTU and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain have launched a joint campaign in Westminster this week, dedicated to monitoring arts funding cuts in the coming years. The Lost Arts campaign and website aims to “catalogue all the projects, events, initiatives, performances and organisations that will be lost to us, until the next review in 2015”.

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New £500,000 Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture

16th June 2011

Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) have announced a new £500,000 Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture. The call for applications follows a scoping exercise with the sector to determine the areas and themes of most importance. This exercise revealed several themes that the sector is keen to explore and proposals are sought in the following six areas: user-generated content and social media; distribution; mobile, location and games; data; resources; and education and learning.

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Hounslow Council to sell Paul Robeson Theatre

16th June 2011

Hounslow’s Paul Robeson Theatre could be sold-off under council proposals. Details about the proposed sell-off were included in a paper to be discussed at a cabinet meeting on June 21. The Chronicle first revealed rumours about the closure, which one theatre group working in the borough has described as a ‘real loss’, last month. However, Hounslow Council had refused to comment before now.

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Chapter Arts Centre unveils new director in 40th anniversary celebrations

16th June 2011

Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff this weekend celebrates its 40th anniversary with a series of special birthday events and the unveiling of a new director. Andy Eagle replaces Janek Alexander, who has been with the arts centre for 15 years. Eagle has been the director of Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon since early 2000.

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Blog: Does regional theatre still need its buildings?

14th June 2011

In an age of cuts, would regional theatre be better served by investing in people and ideas rather than bricks and mortar? blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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Boris Johnson announces new volunteering framework for arts organisations

13th June 2011

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson is joining forces with arts and cultural organisations across the capital to raise the profile of volunteering and enhance the status of volunteers working within the sector, with the development of the first ever citywide volunteering framework for the sector.

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