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RSC theatre history on sale in Stratford on Saturday

11th February 2011

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is offering the public a rare chance to own theatre history on Saturday as thousands of costumes go on sale. More than 15,000 items have been made available as the theatre company makes room to store other costumes.

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Old Capitol in Aberdeen could get new life as hotel

11th February 2011

One of the last remaining super-cinemas from the 1930s has moved a step closer to being transformed into an eight-storey hotel in the heart of Aberdeen. The former Capitol Cinema in Union Street – which also played host to concerts by the Rolling Stones and other famous bands – could be brought back to life under multimillion-pound plans.

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Historic cinema faces demolition after bids fail to make final cut

11th February 2011

THE future of Edinburgh’s historic Odeon building has been thrown into doubt after its owner revealed it had rejected three new bids for the run-down site. Duddingston House Properties said it failed to attract an offer of even half the £3 million it claims the B-listed building is worth. Now the property firm is to resubmit a previous scheme, turned down by the Scottish Government in the wake of a high-profile campaign, which involves the demolition of the celebrated original auditorium.

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Councillors reassure public about Neuadd Dwyfor Pwllheli

11th February 2011

Gwynedd Council says it has ‘no intention whatsoever’ of closing Neuadd Dwyfor, and is ‘committed to its long-term future’. As expected, Gwynedd Council’s development scrutiny committee approved a recommendation to explore possible alternative management arrangements for the centre in Pwllheli.

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Cardiff theatre company Hijinx faces painful reality of arts cuts

11th February 2011

Dozens of people gathered at Sbectrwm community centre in Fairwater to show their support for a Cardiff theatre group battling against painful cuts from the Arts Council of Wales. The public meeting was held to discuss ways forward for Hijinx theatre, which works closely alongside adults with learning disabilities.

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Minister asked to look again at Gwent Theatre funding

11th February 2011

William Graham (Conservative Assembly Member for South Wales East) questioned the Heritage Minister concerning the withdrawal of funding from Theatre Gwent.

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Culture minister will not intervene in local authority arts cuts

11th February 2011

The culture minister, Ed Vaizey, has refused to intervene in local authority funding cuts being made to arts organisations and libraries across the country and said many of the problems were down to long-term breakdowns in communication. Leaders of arts organisations have gathered in London for the second annual State of the Arts conference, organised by the RSA and Arts Council England.

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Darlington theatre goes on sale

11th February 2011

A private company is being sought to take over Darlington’s 104-year-old Civic Theatre, which is under threat of closure. Darlington Borough Council hopes to find a new operator who will keep the venue open. The move comes after cuts in public spending put the theatre’s future in doubt. The Civic’s lease is being offered for sale, on the condition it remains a theatre.

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County firm win sets stage for Cheltenham Everyman theatre revamp

11th February 2011

The Everyman Theatre’s restoration project has taken a giant step forward following the appointment of a contractor to carry out the work. Gloucestershire firm Speller Metcalfe has been awarded the contract to restore the Victorian building this summer. Builders will be renovating the auditorium, front of house and existing bars and toilets.

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Medieval drain incorporated now incorporated in West Walls Theatre building

11th February 2011

When Dorothy Charlesworth assessed Roman Carlisle in the 1978 Archaeological Journal she wondered about remains in the Blackfriars area, “located in the late 18th century”. A structure was discovered on West Walls and Miss Charlesworth thought it “a settling tank or chamber”. If it was not Roman, she said: “It must be connected with the Blackfriars monastery.”

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