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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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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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