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Demolition of Adeline Genee theatre complex in Felcourt, begins to make way for retirement village

2nd April 2011

Work has started on the transformation of Charters Towers in Felcourt Road, Felcourt, into a retirement complex after plans were approved in August. The site will include 83 care units and a 60-bed care home. For Peter Teasel, former house manager and a director of the theatre, the demolition of the theatre is a sad occasion.

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Stars say Council moves to reduce Preston Guild Hall shows are ‘madness’

2nd April 2011

Top stars have spoken out against plans to cut Preston Guild Hall’s funding, branding moves to reduce the number of shows there as “madness”. The Guild Hall, which will be 40 years old next year, was one of the victims of the council cutbacks confirmed in February.

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High price to pay for Conwy Civic Hall Council reprieve

2nd April 2011

Fees for the hiring of Conwy Civic Hall, which has been threatened with closure since October 2010, have risen by more than £70. Conwy County Borough Council have said that they will keep the hall open until March 2012 to give Ciwb the chance to formalise a business plan and other proposals for the management of the building.

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Obituary: George Walker

2nd April 2011

George Walker’s rollercoaster life embodied at one extreme a short prison sentence, and at the other several invitations to Buckingham Palace. At the heart of his career as a businessman was the company Brent Walker, which in the eighties was one of the most spectacular successes in the entertainment sector.

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New director for Wales' Millennium Centre

2nd April 2011

Following a hugely competitive recruitment process 34 year old Jonathan Harper has been appointed as Wales Millennium Centre’s new Director of Marketing and Communications.

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Save The Connaught: Delay for Worthing theatres’ future

2nd April 2011

A new report has given a damning indictment of the Connaught Theatre’s history – but also boosted the hopes of campaigners fighting to save the closure-threatened venue. However, protesters will have to wait until at least September for a decision – long after the local elections.

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Save Our Theatres: Case for Worthing Assembly Hall

2nd April 2011

A leading music maestro has backed the Assembly Hall amid fears it could be axed along with the Connaught Theatre. John Gibbons, principal conductor of Worthing Symphony Orchestra, said the Assembly Hall was superior in many respects to the seafront Pavilion Theatre. He said the art deco Assembly Hall had some of the finest acoustics in Europe, while the Pavilion could be turned into a bingo or lap dancing club.

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Historic shift welcomed as Arts Council increases investment in Stratford's cultural sector

1st April 2011

Theatre Royal Stratford East, Stratford Circus, East London Dance, Urban Development and Discover Children’s Story Centre, have all been awarded core Arts Council funding from 2012 to 2015 – with Stratford Circus in particular earmarked for the largest percentage increase of any organisation in England.

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What next for Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre?

1st April 2011

A row has broken out that could further threaten the future of Ayr Gaiety. Hopes of re-opening the iconic building later this year appear to have been dashed after councillors ordered even more cash to be spent on reports. Now it’s feared the sickened rescue group bidding to save the theatre is in danger of collapse.

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Theatr Powys and Theatr Gwaun close over funding issues

1st April 2011

A theatre which has worked with schools in Powys for nearly 40 years is closing after suffering a major cut in funding. Meanwhile, Pembrokeshire council is closing Theatr Gwaun in Fishguard.

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