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Doors open at Wiltshire's Wellington Academy and its 300 seat theatre

26th April 2011

Wiltshire’s latest academy school has opened its door to staff and pupils. Wellington Academy, near Tidworth, is part of a £32m campus and is due to be completed by the end of 2011. Facilities include a 300-seat theatre, sports and fitness centre, health and beauty spa, and an indoor shooting range. There are also twin boarding houses for 100 students.

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Arts expert asked to review Edinburgh's Festival City Theatres Trust performance

25th April 2011

Graham Devlin, a respected authority on theatres and the former chief executive of the Arts Council of England, was commissioned by Edinburgh council chiefs to carry out a review of the Festival City Theatres Trust, which runs the King’s and Festival Theatres for the council.

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National Manifesto for Drama and Theatre launched

23rd April 2011

The Drama and Theatre Manifesto recognizes a common sense of purpose and a shared belief in the contribution drama and theatre makes to the quality of children’s lives in school and beyond. It is a call to action to young people, parents, teachers and theatre practitioners to unify their efforts and ensure that young people have access to drama and theatre.

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Church group abandons its effort to buy former Edinburgh Odeon

22nd April 2011

One of three groups bidding to buy the former Odeon Cinema building has ended its interest after the site owner refused to lower its asking price. Elim Trust Corporation, an arm of a Pentecostal church group, had offered £1.45 million – just under half sale value – to owner Duddingston House Properties (DHP) with the aim of turning the auditorium into a church and rentable space, with community venue, theatre, cinema, coffee shop and flats.

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Chance to buy the best seat in the house at the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre

22nd April 2011

They are the perfect gift for the person who prides themselves on always having the best seat in the house. Ahead of its multi-million pound refurbishment Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre is selling off a selection of seats from its dress circle for the princely sum of £25 each.

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The James Review of Schools Capital published

21st April 2011

The long awaited James Review of School’s Capital was published this month. This document lays out problems with – and learning from – previous school capital projects, particularly the Building Schools for the Future Scheme (BSF).

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Ventnor Winter Gardens multi-million revamp unveiled

21st April 2011

Exciting plans to transform Ventnor Winter Gardens have been unveiled by Michelin-starred chef Robert Thompson’s Hambrough Group after he was named preferred bidder for the iconic seafront property.

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Crowd Funding the Future for Arts Council?

21st April 2011

Could Arts Council England use the Crowd Funding Model to give control of arts subsidy back to the people.

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RSC's 'flatpack stage' is tested in Stratford

21st April 2011

A flatpack stage which is being taken to New York with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the summer is being tested out to see if it works. The RSC is using the theatre to recreate its Stratford-upon-Avon base in New York.

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Going green would save theatres £8m, claims report

21st April 2011

Savings worth £35 million can be made by theatre, music and visual arts over the next four years if the sectors reduce their energy use by 25% during that time, according to green arts organisation Julie’s Bicycle.

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