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Mark Rubinstein succeeds Nica Burns as SOLT president

9th June 2011

Independent producer Mark Rubinstein has been appointed as the new president of the Society of London Theatre, succeeding Nica Burns. Rubinstein is currently producing Butley in the West End. Other credits include La Clique at the London Hippodrome. He was previously finance director at the Royal Court and a senior producer for Bill Kenwright Ltd.

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New rules for working with tallescopes announced

9th June 2011

After discussion amongst the Tallescope Working Party – which comprises representatives from SOLT, TMA and a range of UK theatre industry organisations, members of the HSE and the manufacturers of the Tallescope, Aluminium Access Products – the ABTT, on behalf of the industry, is pleased to announce new rules for working with tallescopes.

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Big Read: Can-can girls have gone but show goes on says Wilton's Music Hall Artistic Director

9th June 2011

Losing out on lottery funding “may not be the end of the world” for Wilton’s Music Hall. That’s the view the artistic director at the world’s oldest music hall is taking after the dust has settled on her frustration earlier this month upon learning that the venue had lost out on £2.3million worth of funding. The grade II listed building is literally falling down around her as she talks about her vision for its future, but Frances Mayhew is still optimistic.

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Local authority arts funding plummets says Arts Development UK

9th June 2011

Councils in England and Wales have cut funding for the arts by more than a third since 2008, according to a new report. Arts Development UK has released the results of a survey claiming that the average local authority arts budget has fallen by 38% since 2008. In the last year alone, the level has dropped by 16.3% – down from an average of £455,819 in 2010 to £381,605 in 2011.

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Rallying cry over piers and their theatres: ‘Use them or lose them’

9th June 2011

Days after slamming plans to convert Bournemouth’s historic Pier Theatre into an all-weather attraction, the National Piers Society (NPS) has urged residents and visitors to show how much they value end-of-the-pier shows. Once as much a part of British seaside tradition as a stick of rock, now the nation’s end-of-the-pier shows are rapidly dying out.

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Willmott Dixon has completed the transformation project of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

9th June 2011

The new £22.5 million facility accommodates a 450 seat concert hall and a 160 seat courtyard theatre. The theatre also features rehearsal, performance and exhibition facilities for musicians, actors, theatre designers and stage managers.

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Council’s threat to demolish Corwen Pavilion

8th June 2011

A wrecking ball is swinging closer to the Corwen Pavilion unless campaigners come up with a viable financial plan to save it. Last night Denbighshire Council said an injunction banning them from knocking it down has been dismissed. But they have given members of Corwen’s Save the Pavilion group until July 1 to prove they have enough cash to make the major repairs it needs.

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Kenilworth Priory Theatre to reveal its secrets in open day 14 June

8th June 2011

The secrets of live drama are to be revealed in Kenilworth next week as the Priory Theatre welcomes people to its annual open day. Visitors will be able to see how productions are put together – both at front of house and backstage, as well as in the lighting, technical, set-building and props departments.

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Restored Scarborough theatre leads the way in resort’s best season for 50 years

8th June 2011

The chief executive of Scarborough Council says the seaside town is enjoying its best year for visitors for more than 50 years, the newly restored Open Air Theatre at the vanguard of restoring Yorkshire’s most famous holiday resort to its thriving heyday.

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Young people’s theatre manifesto gains momentum

8th June 2011

Unions Equity and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain have joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in backing a manifesto aimed at ensuring young people have access to drama and theatre.The Manifesto for Drama, Theatre and Young People has been overseen by the National Campaign for the Arts and drawn up by an elected body of individuals working in young people’s drama, including Hilary Strong, former director of the National Council for Drama Training, and Steve Ball, chair of Theatre for Young Audiences.

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