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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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Save The Connaught: Second Worthing theatres meeting to be organised

5th April 2011

A second public meeting is being organised to thrash out a gameplan to save Worthing’s theatres. Jon Woodley a theatre consultant who is spearheading the campaign, urged protesters to maintain their support. He said: “This is our chance for the people of Worthing to retain a vital part of its community, and ensure its future.”

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Hedge End's new Berry Theatre is billed as one of the best performing arts venues

4th April 2011

It was five years in the making, cost nearly £5m and is being billed as one of the finest facilities of its kind on the south coast. The finishing touches are being added to the 206-seat Berry theatre before BAFTA-nominated actor Sam West officially unveils the facility on Thursday.

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Liverpool Everyman redevelopment date confirmed as full public funding package is secured

4th April 2011

The £28m redevelopment of Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre on Hope Street has now secured its full public funding package. With £16.8m from Arts Council England and £2.5m previously invested by the Northwest Regional Development Agency, a £5.9m investment from the ERDF now means that the project, described last year by Liverpool City Council Leader Joe Anderson as “a vital redevelopment for the City’s future” can proceed as planned on site in August this year with the new, 21st century Everyman to open in 2013.

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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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