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3rd June 2011

I’m in the process of arranging to take myself to Cardiff to visit Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in the autumn. I don’t get out of the south east as much as I should and I’m making an effort to put that right. So there’ll be more from me about RWCMD after my Cardiff trip blogs Susan Elkin for The Stage Education and Training Blog.

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Purni Morell appointed artistic director of the Unicorn Theatre

3rd June 2011

Purni Morell has been appointed artistic director of the Unicorn Theatre. Morell, who is currently head of studio at the National Theatre, will take up her new position in September. She will replace Tony Graham, who steps down in August after 14 years as artistic director.

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Donations flood in for threatened Wilton's Music Hall

3rd June 2011

A last-ditch attempt to save the world’s oldest surviving music hall from collapse has netted more than £170,000 in a week after the Heritage Lottery Fund turned down its grant application. The sum consists largely of small donations made by individuals through text messages and social media, though one person gave £20,000.

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Twenty new jobs to be filled at the Belfast MAC ahead of 2012 opening

3rd June 2011

The new £18m Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast has begun a new recruitment drive. The MAC already employs 14 people and is now looking for a curator and a business development manager. The venue is set to open next February and 20 new posts are expected to be created by then. It is hoped the new facility will attract around 177,000 visitors-per-year and will play a major role in the ongoing regeneration of the Cathedral Quarter.

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Society slams new proposal to revamp Bournemouth Pier Theatre

3rd June 2011

Plans to convert Bournemouth’s historic Pier Theatre into an all-weather attraction have come under fire from the National Piers Society. After it was revealed that the Grade II listed building could face closure at the end of this summer, the NPS said it was “very concerned” by the £3million conversion proposals.

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Jobs set to go at Kingston's Rose Theatre following funding cut

3rd June 2011

Jobs could be lost at the Rose Theatre as it struggles to make up a £100,000 council funding cut. An email sent out to trustees said a number of full time positions were at risk after the theatre was forced to carry out a review of staffing costs and operations. The move has prompted some critics to call for a shakeup of the theatre’s management and the resignation of its chairman Anthony Simonds-Gooding.

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Stage set for £10m revamp of century-old Glasgow Olympia Theatre and Cinema

2nd June 2011

A major revamp of a historic Glasgow theatre has begun – 100 years after it opened. Clyde Gateway, the regeneration agency responsible for the east end, are spending s10million transforming the run-down Olympia Theatre and Cinema. The funds will help buy the disused building and convert it into a public library and cafe.

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Garsington Opera gets new theatre on the Wormsley Estate

2nd June 2011

After 20 years at Garsington Manor the Garsington Opera has moved to the Wormsley Estate in Stokenchurch. More than £3m was raised to build the new venue and the Wormsley Estate has agreed to host the opera for 15 years.

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David Suchet warns of crisis for Wilton’s Music Hall

2nd June 2011

Wilton’s Music Hall has been thrown into crisis after its £2.25 million application to the Heritage Lottery Fund was rejected, according to patron David Suchet, who has warned the historic east London theatre will close unless money can be found to refurbish it.

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Act Two: Cambridge Arts Theatre unveils its vision for the future

2nd June 2011

Cambridge Arts Theatre has unveiled plans for its new building project, Act Two, at a launch event in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge on Tuesday 31 May. Over 250 local dignitaries and long-term supporters of the Arts Theatre and wider cultural community were given an exclusive first look at the architect’s plans and drawings in a presentation given by Dave Murphy, Chief Executive of Cambridge Arts Theatre, Baroness Janet Cohen of Pimlico, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cambridge Arts Theatre and Mark Foley of Burrell Foley Fischer LLP.

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