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Former Borough Theatre demolished after years of laying empty

26th March 2011

Campaigners tried to save it, arguing the building could be refurbished and turned into a cultural entertainment venue, but North Tyneside Council said it had become an eyesore and it was not financially viable to refurbish the site and a decision was made to knock it down.

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Philanthropist Vivien Duffield pledges £8.2 million to arts companies

25th March 2011

Vivien Duffield today pledged £8.2 million in grants to 11 arts organisations including the Donmar Warehouse, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company from the Clore Duffield Foundation. The grants, which range from £125,000 to £2.5 million, have been awarded to the organisations to set up new creative learning spaces for young people.

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Richard Eyre warns cuts will lead to “cultural apartheid”

25th March 2011

Former National Theatre director Richard Eyre has warned that arts and education cuts could lead to a “cultural apartheid” in the UK. Speaking at an event about the future of the culture sector hosted by the Young Vic under the title “What’s Next?”, Eyre called the arts “weapons of happiness”.

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Anger at Theatr Powys county council funding cut cut

25th March 2011

The county council’s decision to cut funding to Theatr Powys – ending its resident production company after 38 years – has been slammed by the local councillor. County Councillor Mike Hodges spoke passionately at the council meeting when the funding was discussed. He said: “After 38 years Powys County Council has pulled the plug on Theatr Powys.

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Save secures landmark ruling on demolition

25th March 2011

SAVE Britain’s Heritage has secured a landmark judgment against the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which will introduce new controls over demolitions of buildings and structures under UK planning law.

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Save Our Cinema Association: Last-ditch bid to save Barry's Theatre Royal

25th March 2011

Campaigners held a last-ditch protest opposing the redevelopment of the Theatre Royal cinema building – before the decision goes to a planning committee next week. Supporters of the Save Our Cinema Association (SOCA) beeped their horns as they drove past the protest outside the Vale Council’s Civic Offices on Friday (March 18).

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With a little help from the Friends of Shanklin Theatre

25th March 2011

It has been a long-running drama keeping Shanklin Theatre afloat and functioning. But thanks to a nucleus of people with a passion for the Victorian Grade II listed building and what it has represented to the town, the area and the Island, since it was built in 1879, present times are stable and the future is promising.

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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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