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Blog: What next for Edinburgh's Traverse theatre?

21st March 2011

Should it be run by writers? Take over the King’s? With director Dominic Hill heading for Glasgow, now is the time for the Traverse to get experimental once again blogs Mark Fisher for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

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Can philanthropy bail out the arts?

21st March 2011

Many arts organisations across the UK are feeling the squeeze as their public subsidies are cut. Can millionaire benefactors step in to fill the gap? Arts Council England, which has had its budget cut by 30%, will soon tell theatres, galleries and other organisations the bad news – and it will mostly be bad – about their new grants.

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Save The Connaught: Worthing Theatres ‘need to change’

19th March 2011

Worthing’s theatres can survive and prosper – but only if they change and have their potential fulfilled. That is the message from Jon Woodley, who is battling to save Worthing’s theatres from being axed. The 26-year-old theatre consultant told a packed meeting at Broadwater Manor School, in Broadwater Road, his plans for the Connaught, the Pavilion Theatre and Assembly Hall, which centre on changing the way they are currently used.

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Belfast Lyric Theatre close to curtain-up

18th March 2011

The countdown has started to the opening of the new Lyric Theatre in Belfast. The Stormont Arts Minister, Nelson McCausland, has been to the fast-growing new building prior to the official opening in May. The new theatre, built on the Lyric’s existing site at Ridgeway Street, Stranmillis, includes a 389 seat main auditorium, a new studio with flexible performance space, dedicated youth and education space and improved front and back of house facilities for staff and artists.

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Staffs County council announces continued support for nationally acclaimed theatre

18th March 2011

Staffordshire County Council has agreed a further year’s funding for the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle of £113,500. The theatre receives funding as part of an annual agreement for its work with families, schools and a range of community groups. The funding award demonstrates the county council’s commitment to education and culture through a nationally acclaimed theatre.

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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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