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Spacey performs on the streets after arts funding hearing in the US is cancelled

7th April 2011

Kevin Spacey performed a little street theatre in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday (05Apr11) in a bid to encourage U.S. politicians to give more cash to the arts. Spacey was supposed to testify before Congress on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts but the hearing was cancelled in favour of crucial budget negotiations. So The Usual Suspects star used his acting skills to get his message across – and ‘performed’ his testimony on the street.

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Venues hit hardest by arts council funding cuts, claims Theatres Trust

6th April 2011

Building-based companies have suffered disproportionately under the recent funding cuts by Arts Council England, according to Theatres Trust director Mhora Samuel. Samuel claims theatre venues have shouldered the “lion’s share” of cuts – nearly three quarters of the overall loss, according to research carried out by the trust.

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Blog: Where are the howls of protest? Has the arts council pulled it off?

6th April 2011

One week after the arts council’s funding announcements and yes there is anger and upset – but not as much as had been predicted blogs Mark Brown for The Guardian Culture Cuts.

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Public pick for name of new Llanelli theatre not chosen

6th April 2011

The drama is already unfolding at Llanelli’s new theatre even though the building is still in the construction phase. In this case Carmarthenshire Council stands accused of playing the villain by ignoring the public’s preference when it came to naming the new £14.6 million theatre and arts complex.

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London theatres educate teachers

6th April 2011

Representatives from shows including Billy Elliot, Shrek, Jersey Boys and War Horse exhibited their education resources to the delegates of this year’s EducationLive at Bloomsbury Baptist Church yesterday.

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Theatres take the lion's share of Arts Council England cuts in a postcode lottery

6th April 2011

Over 73% of the funding cuts announced by the Arts Council England on the 30 March fell on theatres according to an analysis by The Theatres Trust. ACE’s new national portfolio saw more losers than winners, with 97 theatres losing funding or being cut entirely, and only 43 benefiting from an increase. In cash terms, theatre venues will lose a balance of £46.8m of public funding through ACE over the next four years.

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Helmsley Arts Centre is hit by funding cutbacks

6th April 2011

Helmsley Arts Centre has missed out on funding in the latest round of Government cutbacks. The venue was not included in the Arts Council’s new portfolio of funded organisations announced last Wednesday. However, David Powley, director of Helmsley Arts Centre, said they were disappointed but not disheartened. Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre has been successful, with funds secured for another three years.

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Dramatic twist as Edinburgh Odeon hit by 'lack of consent' claims

5th April 2011

The row over the future of Edinburgh’s historic Odeon cinema took a new twist today after the council said the developer did not having planning permission for its controversial proposals after all. Councillors decided two- and-a-half years ago they were minded to grant consent to Duddingston House Properties, which wants to partially demolish the building in Clerk Street, Newington, and build a hotel on the site, but the permission was subject to a legal agreement which involved the company paying around £20,000 towards transport infrastructure in the city.

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Stage is set for change for Perth's Horsecross

5th April 2011

Rachel O’Riordan may have only taken up her post as creative director for theatre of Horsecross Arts at Perth Theatre two months ago, but, swishing into the building’s foyer on a Thursday afternoon, she already looks like she owns the place.

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Future secured for Haworth Tompkins' Liverpool Everyman theatre revamp thanks to ERDF

5th April 2011

Haworth Tompkins’ redevelopment of the Everyman & Playhouse theatre in Liverpool is set to go ahead following a cash injection from the European Region Development Fund (ERDF). The ERDF granted £5.9 million towards the £28 million project which will see the demolition of the existing theatre and the construction of a new 400-seat theatre, stage and technical facilities.

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