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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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Take pART tell Darlington for Culture what you like most about art

22nd March 2011

Darlington enquiry group is working together with Darlington Partnership to help shape the future of the arts in Darlington. Please take part in their community engagement road show by completing this short survey.

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Director who saved Stratford Theatre to be honoured

22nd March 2011

The saviour of Theatre Royal Stratford East is to be given a memorial as part of a makeover of the town centre. Joan Littlewood, along with Gerry Raffles, managed to save the theatre from demolition in the 1960s by helping it get Grade II status. Director Joan, known as ‘The Mother of Modern Theatre’, died in 2002 and now Newham Council is running a competition for artists to create a memorial to her.

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Gomp/arts: Arts Council cuts - the X Factor special

21st March 2011

Simon Cowell and Alan Davey do not look alike. The pop impresario’s slender body is topped-off with a full head of dark hair that starts growing just above his eyebrows. Whereas the chief executive of Arts Council England is… well, as I say, they don’t look alike, but next week, Big Al gets to play at being Oh! Simon, in his very own version of X Factor, called Ex-Actor (or theatre, orchestra, gallery), blogs Will Gompertz

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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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