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Critics Notebook: Ballet had lost the plot – but can technology really provide a happy ending?

17th April 2011

Last week, Scottish Ballet opened its brand-new adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, choreographed by Ashley Page: a surreal, psychedelic journey into the book, which explores its sinister sides – not least Lewis Carroll’s obsession with the young girl at its centre. Strikingly, it’s the fourth full-length “story ballet” – meaning one with a plot – to have debuted in Britain this spring, coming hot on the heels of David Nixon’s Cleopatra for Northern Ballet, Javier de Frutos’s collaboration with the Pet Shop Boys at Sadler’s Wells, The Most Incredible Thing, and yet another Alice, Christopher Wheeldon’s witty version for the Royal Ballet, the first new large-scale narrative work to appear at Covent Garden since 1995.

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Eagle flies in to start new Chapter in Cardiff

16th April 2011

As part of its 40th birthday celebrations Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre has announced its new director following the resignation of Janek Alexander who is stepping down from the post after fifteen years.

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Supporters given six months to save Conwy Civic Hall

16th April 2011

Supporters of Conwy Civic Hall are celebrating the news that Conwy County Council has agreed to keep the hall open until 2012. The Civic Hall was earmarked for closure in March. It has also been revealed the developer who was hoping to turn the hall into a restaurant has agreed to take a step back for six months to enable Ciwb Conwy Cube, or any other community group, to come up with a viable business plan to ensure the venue’s future.

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Letter: A school theatre in Arnold is not enough

16th April 2011

Having read several articles regarding Arnold’s Bonington Theatre in the Nottingham Post, I must admit that I’m appalled at the idea that the councillors are contemplating substituting this wonderful asset with the Redhill School theatre. Do they think that this venue would be likely to attract professional acts to Arnold?

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Harlequin Theatre in Redhill gets £300,000 Council cash boost

16th April 2011

An extra £300,000 in council cash has been found to put toward the refurbishment of a theatre in Surrey. Reigate council said the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill was a cornerstone of the community and pivotal to the regeneration of the town. The council had already allocated a capital grant of £639,000 to the revamp of the theatre and cinema building. A spokeswoman for the local authority said the extra cash would make the first grant go a lot further.

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Greeroom in Manchester to close end of may

15th April 2011

Following the recent disappointing news that greenroom is not part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio for 2012/13 onwards, the Board has made a decision that greenroom, Manchester, will close to the public at the end of May this year.

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Exhibition: A history of the RSC in 50 objects 4th April - 31st December 2011

15th April 2011

Each object tells the story of a particular moment in the RSC’s history since it was established by Peter Hall on 20th March 1961. They reveal the inner workings of the company, the people who have been a part of it both on and off stage, and the many innovative moments that have defined its progress.

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The RSC at 50: The highs and lows of the world's greatest Shakespeare ensemble

15th April 2011

As the RSC celebrates its 50th birthday and settles into its new £112m home, Michael Coveney looks back on half a century of trials and triumphs, and wonders what the next 50 years might hold

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Campaigners lose battle to save Barry Theatre Royal

15th April 2011

Campaigners last night lost their fight to prevent the demolition of an historic South Wales cinema. Plans by Cardiff-based Hafod Care to build an “extra care” complex of 42 flats on the site of the 101-year-old Theatre Royal building, in Broad Street, Barry, were approved by the Vale of Glamorgan council’s planning committee.

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Blog: Will the Cock (Up) Tavern ethos live on?….

14th April 2011

Just last Friday Mark Shenton from The Stage wrote a blog about his own experiences of working on the fringe last year, and no sooner was it posted than the news emerged of the offending theatre’s total shutdown, following a health and safety inspection from the local council that revealed that not only was the venue operating without a proper licence but was so ill-equipped to get one that there was no alternative but to close down immediately.

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