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Theatres turn to unpaid staff as volunteers increase by 30%

24th February 2011

Increasing numbers of unpaid volunteers are being employed at theatres and arts centres across England, potentially at the expense of paid professional staff, according to new research published by Arts Council England.

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Royal Mail launches stamps celebrating musical theatre

24th February 2011

Royal Mail has launched a new set of stamps celebrating seven decades of UK stage musicals. We Will Rock You, based on the songs of Queen, features as one of four versions of the first class stamp. It appears alongside Monty Python’s Spamalot and West End classics Blood Brothers and Oliver!

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Portsmouth could be left with one theatre this year

24th February 2011

Portsmouth may only be left with one fully-functioning theatre by the end of this year. The Groundlings Theatre in Kent Street, Portsea, is in jeopardy after it had £6,000 stolen. With St Peter’s Theatre, in Fraser Road, Southsea, also under threat of closure and the New Theatre Royal in Guildhall Walk shutting for a £4.25m refurbishment, there are fears for the arts scene in the city.

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Protesters turn out to save Blackheath Halls against council funding withdrawal

24th February 2011

Blackheath is at risk of losing a popular arts facility under proposed funding cuts by Greenwich Council. Blackheath Halls is fighting to overturn the proposal by the council to withdraw the whole of its annual grant funding, which supporters say will put the future of community and artistic programmes in jeopardy.

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Plymouth Barbican Theatre practices the art of enterprise to survive the cuts

24th February 2011

When it was announced in November that organisations funded by the Arts Council would have their funding cut by just under seven per cent, Mark Laville, artistic director of the Barbican Theatre, thought it was tough but manageable. But with the Arts Council facing a £100 million – or 30 per cent – cut to its funding from government, it is set to overhaul the way it funds organisations ranging from the Royal Shakespeare Company down to regional arts companies. It means that the next 12 months will be crucial to the theatre’s survival.

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More fears raised over future of Edinburgh’s Forest Cafe

23rd February 2011

The future of Edinburgh’s Forest Cafe, venue for the Forest Fringe during the Edinburgh Festivals, is once again in the balance as it emerged that a buyer has been found for its home in Bristo Place.

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Old Vic Tunnels wins Big Society Award

22nd February 2011

Performance space the Old Vic Tunnels has been awarded a Big Society Award in recognition of the opportunities it provides for young people to gain experience in production.

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Invitation to Welsh Theatre Symposium on 14 March 2011

22nd February 2011

Hosted and produced by The Theatres Trust, Creu Cymru, and the Wales Association for the Performing Arts Chaired by Theatre Director, Phil Clark

The Welsh Theatre Symposium is an opportunity for theatre makers, theatre companies, producers, local authority and independent theatre, arts centre and venue operators, arts development officers, theatre marketing professionals and architects and those involved in theatre capital projects to meet and discuss the current and future state of theatre and theatre venues in Wales today.

It will take place on the 14 March 2011 at Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon, Powys LD3 7EW

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Prince Edward drops in to visit building work on new Marlowe Theatre

18th February 2011

Shoppers had a surprise when they found a member of the Royal Family walking Canterbury’s streets with a hard hat and a high-visibility jacket. It was Prince Edward, checking out the building work at the new £25.6 million Marlowe Theatre.

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Arts Quarter action plan to boost philanthropy across the cultural sector

18th February 2011

Since the announcement made in December 2010 by Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt of an Action Plan to boost philanthropy across the cultural sector, Arts Quarter has devised an online consultation tool.

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