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Preston Guild Hall Council cutbacks confirmed

4th April 2011

Major events at Preston’s Guild Hall will be scaled down from April, as part of efforts to slash millions from the Town Hall budget. Councillors voted through the measure, which will also see 23 jobs at the venue go, despite a tide of objection from celebrities and theatre-goers.

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‘Free to all’ after Blackpool's North Pier and theatre is sold to local family

4th April 2011

Another of Blackpool’s tourism jewels has changed hands after it was announced today North Pier has new owners. The Victorian landmark has been sold for an undisclosed sum by Six Piers to the Sedgwick family which already operates rides on Central and South Piers.

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Big plans for King’s Lynn Arts Centre as plans for future reopening announced

4th April 2011

Historic West Norfolk theatre where Shakespeare performed is set to re-open as trustees outline plans for the future. The winners of the first event staged by the newly-formed King’s Lynn Arts Centre Trust were announced on Saturday. The future of a historic venue for the arts in Norfolk has been outlined by the volunteers who saved it from closure.

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Equity in stinging attack on theatre group over director redundancy

4th April 2011

Equity has launched an attack on Hull Truck Theatre for making its artistic director redundant. Gareth Tudor Price left the theatre at the end of February when his role was dispensed with. New chief executive Andrew Smaje was appointed in October last year and had programmed a new season of theatre, which did not include a production directed by Mr Tudor Price.

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Harry Potter film director joins campaign to save Penrith Alhambra

2nd April 2011

Penrith Alhambra campaigners are hoping the latest recruits to their fight to save the venue will add a touch of magic. Harry Potter director David Yates and visual effects supervisor Tim Burke have signed up to the cause as the Save the Cinema campaign enters its final month. They have until April 30 to raise £750,000 to buy the closure-threatened building, which is owned by Graves (Cumberland) Ltd.

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Isle of Man Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre booking charges axed

2nd April 2011

Booking fees on tickets for shows at the Isle of Man’s flagship theatre are being abolished. The £1 fee was introduced for all card sales on tickets costing more than £10 at the Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre in May 2010.

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New Stage Management Student of the Year Award announced

2nd April 2011

The Stage Management Association (SMA)1 is adding a new award, sponsored by Global Design Solutions (GDS)2 , to the National Stage Management Awards supported by The Stage since 1998.

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Stephen Poliakoff criticises theatre funding cuts

2nd April 2011

Writer and director Stephen Poliakoff has hit out at Arts Council cuts that will leave many of the borough’s top venues struggling financially. Both the Almeida ­Theatre and Sadler’s Wells will have their funding reduced, along with the Little Angel Puppet Theatre, which is worst affected.

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Minister slammed over Gwent Theatre closure

2nd April 2011

Torfaen’s Labour Assembly candidate criticised the heritage minister for failing to intervene over the closure of Gwent Theatre. Lynne Neagle, who will be standing for Assembly Member next month, told Alun Ffred Jones that he has let the young people of Torfaen down by not intervening in the Arts Council of Wales’ decision to cease funding the Abergavenny-based theatre group.

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Peterborough Broadway Theatre is not for sale says owner

2nd April 2011

The owner of the Broadway Theatre in Peterborough has insisted that the venue is not for sale, despite the publication of a brochure offering the site to potential buyers as a theatre or possible commercial development opportunity.

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