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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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Unofficial campaign to save Swansea Albert Hall gets started

14th March 2011

Another passionate supporter of one of Swansea’s finest old buildings has joined the unofficial campaign to save it. The future of the Albert Hall, standing proudly in the centre of town since 1864, is shrouded in mystery. Hertfordshire-based property company Caverwood Ltd, which owns the listed building, has not gone public on what plans, if any, it has for it.

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Regional theatre cuts attacked by cast of British stars

13th March 2011

A cast of stars from the first rank of British acting talent has sounded the alarm about the future of theatres in which many of them made their names. Funding cuts to regional and subsidised venues will halt the flow of skilled performers and damage one of the most admired, commercially successful sides of cultural life, says a distinguished cast of household names at the forefront of a campaign being launched this weekend by Equity, the actors’ union.

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Stephen Tompkinson hails Live Theatre cash boost as room named

12th March 2011

Stephen Tompkinson has hailed a cash boost to a theatre that will support young talent in the region. The Live Theatre saw a unique writers’ room named by the TV actor, who has been on stage in Newcastle in recent weeks. The Benfield writers’ room celebrates a £100,000 investment Live Theatre has received from the North East’s largest independent motor group, Benfield.

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Arts leaders head calls to stop sale of Edinburgh's Theatre Workshop

12th March 2011

Catherine Lockerbie, former director of Edinburgh International Book Festival, hopes to help halt the sale of a council-owned property in Hamilton Place which formerly housed the Theatre Workshop Scotland (TWS) until October when the drama company was forced to abandon its lease after losing the bulk of its funding.

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The arts: what happens beyond the spending cuts?

11th March 2011

Leading figures gather to discuss life after the cuts and to make the case for public investment in the arts blogs Mark Brown for The Guardian Culture Cuts.

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National Theatre Wales praised for exciting first year

11th March 2011

National Theatre Wales have been praised by the Heritage Minister for their achievements and progress in their first full year of performing. Minister for Heritage, Alun Ffred Jones, said, “It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the National Theatre Wales for their achievements on the anniversary of their first performance. In a short space of time I have been impressed by the impact they’ve made on the cultural scene in Wales and beyond.

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Josie Rourke to succeed Michael Grandage at Donmar Warehouse

11th March 2011

Josie Rourke has been appointed as the new artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden and will take over from Michael Grandage at the beginning of 2012.

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New campaign aims to halt imminent sale of “Stockbridge Theatre”

11th March 2011

An eleventh hour campaign has been launched by a group of Stockbridge residents in an attempt to halt the sale of the old Theatre Workshop by its owners, the Edinburgh City Council. The B-listed building at 34 Hamilton Place was vacated by the Theatre Workshop organisation in July last year, over a year before the expiry of its lease with the council, and has since been vacant.

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