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New artistic chief vows to reinvent the Glasgow Citizens

18th March 2011

One of Scotland’s leading theatrical talents has pledged to help the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow reinvent itself. Dominic Hill, who has just been appointed as artistic director of the famous Gorbals venue, said he wanted to make it the “most exciting and provocative” theatre in Scotland.

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Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh hits revamp target

18th March 2011

A project to renovate the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh has reached its £9.3m funding target after a £441,000 boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The venue’s theatres are being refurbished and two high-end shops and a restaurant are being built into the George Street property. Edinburgh’s biggest Fringe promoter, The Assembly Theatre, recently moved out of the space after 30 years. The 18-month works are due to finish in summer 2012.

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HLF Grant helps fund new heritage project for Margate Theatre Royal

18th March 2011

Margate’s Theatre Royal will be opening its door more often thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £46,700. It has been given to the ancient playhouse to help encourage local people to investigate the function of modern theatre and particularly the Theatre Royal’s heritage as a Victorian theatre.

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Arts Council Wales and local council funding cut spells final curtain for Theatr Powys

17th March 2011

A leading Welsh theatre company established four decades ago will take its final bow next month because of £400,000 public funding cuts. Prominent figures in the Welsh arts yesterday said Theatr Powys had been sacrificed to a “dangerous and socially catastrophic gamble”. In an open letter on the Theatre in Wales website, critics said funding cuts by Arts Council of Wales (ACW) and Powys council had spelt the death knell for a “unique” company with a “body of remarkable and committed freelance artists”.

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Creative Scotland publishes ten-year plan

15th March 2011

Creative Scotland has published its first ten-year plan, outlining how it is going to transfer from its inherited models of grant aid to a new funding system. The plan is the first concrete evidence of how CS intends to incorporate the responsibilities it has inherited from the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen with new responsibilities for crafts, fashion and the digital technologies.

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New Theatreland Walking Tours announced

15th March 2011

Led by Blue Badge Guide Diane Burstein, the Society of London Theatre Theatreland Walking Tour has a brand new route for 2011 which spans a wide and varied area, covering the history of some of London’s best loved theatres.

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West Yorkshire Playhouse artistic chief Ian Brown to step down

15th March 2011

The artistic director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse is to step down after a decade at the helm. Ian Brown took up the role in 2002 following Jude Kelly who had been in post since the building opened in 1990. A successor to Mr Brown has not yet been appointed and his leaving date has not been decided. Mr Brown is is expected to remain in post until Arts Council funding for theatres and other organisations has been decided.

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Northern Ireland arts receive Budget boost

15th March 2011

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has welcomed the improved arts budget agreed by the Northern Ireland Assembly, but cautions that challenges still lie ahead. The details have yet to be confirmed, but the arts look set to lose £1.4 million over the four year budget period, rather than the disproportionate £4.2 million that was initially proposed in the draft Budget 2011-15.

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Britain's favourite small theatres

14th March 2011

Last year £1.5 billion worth of theatre tickets were sold in the West End. But elsewhere – on cliff tops, in converted public lavatories – there are more independently run theatres surviving on little but the goodwill of volunteers and plenty of greasepaint.

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As education cuts loom, drama teachers are first in line for chop

14th March 2011

Art and drama teachers and those who teach vocational subjects are first in line to be sacked, as many headteachers are axeing subjects which do not qualify for the Coalition’s highly academic flagship “English Baccalaureate”.

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