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Campaigners lose battle to save Barry Theatre Royal

15th April 2011

Campaigners last night lost their fight to prevent the demolition of an historic South Wales cinema. Plans by Cardiff-based Hafod Care to build an “extra care” complex of 42 flats on the site of the 101-year-old Theatre Royal building, in Broad Street, Barry, were approved by the Vale of Glamorgan council’s planning committee.

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Blog: Will the Cock (Up) Tavern ethos live on?….

14th April 2011

Just last Friday Mark Shenton from The Stage wrote a blog about his own experiences of working on the fringe last year, and no sooner was it posted than the news emerged of the offending theatre’s total shutdown, following a health and safety inspection from the local council that revealed that not only was the venue operating without a proper licence but was so ill-equipped to get one that there was no alternative but to close down immediately.

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Welsh Assembly pledges £4 million for Merthyr Tydfil arts centre

14th April 2011

Plans for a new £8 million arts and creative industries centre in Merthyr Tydfil have been boosted by Welsh Assembly Government funding.

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Letters: Eliminating theatres is an attack on 'Big Society'

14th April 2011

The Arts Council, forced by “Government cuts” to reduce its general munificence, has decided to reward innovation and to turn its back upon its inverse. In a different context, this would secure my vote. But, as always, detail disintegrates generalities.

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Glasgow Theatre chief offers to buy Ayr Gaiety for £1

13th April 2011

plot surrounding the beleaguered Ayr Gaiety Theatre took a new twist yesterday when the manager of Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre, Iain Gordon, offered to buy the Gaiety – for £1. The Gaiety has been closed since 2009 and in recent weeks local theatre groups have questioned new plans to re-open the 102 year-old theatre primarily as an arts centre.

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Black Light’s support helps popular Glasgow's Cottier Theatre reopen

13th April 2011

Black Light has stepped in to help one of Scotland’s most iconic theatres come back to life. The company has provided practical sponsorship support to the Cottier Theatre, which re-opened its doors in March, after a five-year break for restoration.

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Cultural Ramshorn in Glasgow targeted under new university cuts plan

13th April 2011

Strathclyde University is proposing to close its Ramshorn Theatre in July, shut the Collins Gallery, and make Alan Tavener, director of music, redundant.

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Politics Points East: Quality counts in arts funding, says Coffey

13th April 2011

Therese Coffey MP, a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, believes the East of England did not fare too badly in the recent round of cuts to our arts write Deborah McGurran for the BBC Politics Points East blog.

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Theatre in education needs to get back to basics

13th April 2011

Getting young people involved in cutting-edge theatre is great, but we shouldn’t forget drama is also a tool for social change blogs Fiona Morrell for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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Dewsbury Little Theatre's future loks uncertain

12th April 2011

A theatre is under threat after the council ruled it was too risky to host shows there. Dewsbury Little Theatre in Batley Carr has been blighted with electrical and boiler failures, leaks and flooding. The estimated bill for repairs and disabled access is several hundred thousand pounds. But the extent of its problems only came to light when Batley Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s annual show booking was cancelled.

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