The Theatres Trust

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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Renowned Hackney Arcola doubles Arts Council funding

1st April 2011

Dalston-based Arcola Theatre has doubled its Arts Council grant for 2012-15, despite massive cuts by the Government to arts funding across the country,

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Brighton arts groups discover their ACE funding for the next three years

31st March 2011

Arts bosses across Sussex have today discovered how much funding their organisation will receive over the next three years. It has been good news for some organisations including Brighton Dome and Festival Ltd also saw its funding increase from £900,465 to £1.2 million a year for the next three years and Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Glyndebourne Education will received £1.7 million, up from £1,464,566.

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Local ACE arts cuts criticised by Newbury theatre director

31st March 2011

Tony Trigwell-Jones, artistic director at Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury, said he was ‘shocked’ by the cuts announced yesterday (Wednesday) and said that even venues which did not apply for core funding from the Arts Council, such as Arlington Arts, will suffer indirectly.

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Arts council funding questions: the Q&A digested

31st March 2011

Following the live Q&A with Arts Council England chief executive Alan Davey on The Guardian Culture Cuts Blog, view the questions and responses in a more digestible form.

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Hull's ACE funding cash gives freedom to support culture

31st March 2011

The long-term future of Hull’s Freedom Festival has been given a huge boost after the Arts Council committed three years of funding to the event. Hull Truck is also celebrating after receiving full funding up until 2015. The theatre will receive more than £500,000 each year for the next five years.

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London declared a winner with £510m of arts funding

31st March 2011

London is a major winner in the biggest shake-up of arts funding in decades, the head of the Arts Council in the capital said today. The city secured £510.6 million – 49 per cent – of cash distributed in the wake of the Government’s 30 per cent cut to the Arts Council budget.

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ITC chief says she fears for rural touring after ACE decisions

31st March 2011

Independent Theatre Council chief executive Charlotte Jones has said that she is “very concerned” about the future of rural touring following Arts Council England’s funding announcement yesterday.

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These gung-ho cuts mar all that is best in Britain

31st March 2011

The Arts Council yesterday announced how it would deal with the huge cut imposed on it by the Government. Over the next four years, the National Theatre’s grant will decrease by 15 per cent in real terms, as will the grants of most of the major national companies. But we have no argument with the Arts Council: we have been doing well and recognise the pressing need to support organisations less well-funded than we are.

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