The Theatres Trust

First Minister and Deputy First Minister mark a milestone day for The Belfast MAC

24th March 2011

The First and Deputy First Minister helped put the seal on The MAC on a visit to the site in Saint Anne’s Square Belfast on Thursday 24 March. This marks another milestone in the construction of The MAC’s new home in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

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New council funding for Penzance's Acorn buys more time for plans

24th March 2011

The future of Penzance’s Acorn Arts Centre has been secured for a further 12 months while a plan is developed for its long term future. The iconic theatre, which closed as a full-time venue at the end of August, has been given new funding by Cornwall Council to continue as a community arts centre.

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Paines Plough pioneers portable in-the-round venue

24th March 2011

Touring company Paines Plough is to launch its first ever portable home – a 150-seat in-the-round auditorium that can be installed into mid-scale theatres and studio spaces. The Roundabout Theatre, being created by Paines Plough and Sheffield Theatres, will open in October at the Crucible Studio in Sheffield.

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Adam Speers to become ATG executive producer

24th March 2011

Adam Speers has been appointed to the newly-created role of executive producer at the Ambassador Theatre Group.

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Curtain rises at Mitchell Memorial Theatre after £4m revamp

24th March 2011

The stage is set for the grand re-opening of a much-loved community theatre, the Mitchell Memorial Youth Arts Centre, in Hanley. It has undergone a £4 million transformation and the work is now officially complete. Members of Stoke-on-Trent City Council performed a handing-over ceremony yesterday, giving control of the facility to the Mitchell Memorial Youth Art Centre (MMYAC) trust.

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The Budget and the Arts: Osborne tilts towards private supporters

24th March 2011

Yesterday’s Budget, as expected, tilted future presumptions for arts funding firmly towards a higher proportion of private philanthropy with a series of measures to encourage wealthy individuals through tax quid pro quos to donate to arts either in financial support or in actual works of art.

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Letter: How will Hijinx meet expectations after massive cut in funding?

23rd March 2011

Letter published on WalesOnline. Thank you for covering Hijinx Theatre’s recent petition hand-in at the Senedd following the decision of the Arts Council For Wales (ACW) to reduce its funding for Hijinx in real terms by what amounts to £104,000.

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New calls for council to buy former Hippodrome after fire breaks out

23rd March 2011

Campaigners have again called for Derby City Council to buy the former Hippodrome theatre after another fire in the derelict venue. It took firefighters almost three hours to locate the blaze inside the grade two listed building, at the junction of Green Lane and Macklin Street, yesterday morning. They found burning newspapers in one of the stairwells. It is thought the fire was started deliberately and it is the third time in as many years that firefighters have been called to the site.

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Marina Theatre trust takes over Lowestoft venue

23rd March 2011

Managers and supporters of the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft have taken over the running of the venue in a 15-year deal. As part of its savings drive, Waveney District Council voted to hand over the management of the building to a not-for-profit organisation. The council still owns the building and will continue to subsidise it with £150,000-a-year for four years.

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Fire breaks out in roof of Derby Hippodrome

22nd March 2011

Investigations have begun into a fire which has damaged the derelict Derby theatre. Firefighters were called to the Hippodrome, In Green Lane, at about 0900 GMT and found upper areas and the roof space smoke logged.

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