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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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ACE vows not to repeat mistakes of last investment round

10th February 2011

Arts Council England chair Liz Forgan has vowed that the organisation’s forthcoming spending review, when it will overhaul its porfolio of funded companies, will be “as good and fair as it can be”.

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Vaizey: 'I won't interfere with local authority funding cuts'

10th February 2011

Arts minister speaks on funding, technology and the need to make more alliances at State of the Arts conference.

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Blog: Does America need so many theatres

10th February 2011

It’s a valid question – but when it was asked by the chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, the internet went into overdrive blogs Chris Wilkinson for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

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York Barbican revamp is under way, creating 80 jobs

10th February 2011

Work has started on the £2m revamp of York’s Barbican Centre and recruitment for around 80 jobs at the theatre is under way. Acts including Jane McDonald and Jools Holland are already booked to perform after the 1,500-seat theatre reopens in May.

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Darlington Civic Theatre for sale

10th February 2011

Darlington Borough Council is seeking expressions of interest from organisations interested in purchasing the business of Darlington Civic Theatre as a going concern on a long leasehold basis.

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Derby City Council cuts off own artistic arm

9th February 2011

Derby Theatre, formerly the Playhouse, looks set for yet another change of management after the local city council refused to back a bid from its own producing organisation for Arts Council England funding.

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Notting Hill's newest venue The Print Room's 'How to run a theatre without arts funding'

9th February 2011

When Lucy Bailey and Anda Winters launched a self-funded London theatre just after the government arts cuts were announced last October, some wondered if it was an act of madness. How is their project faring three months on?

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London walks podcast: Islington's pub theatres

9th February 2011

The Guardian’s online arts editor Andrew Dickson is your verbal guide through the theatrical highways and byways of Islington (audio pop up) – London’s third theatreland, after the West End and the South Bank – home to a vibrant pub theatre scene as well as a little-known dramatic history. He’s joined by theatre historian Dr Sophie Nield, who teaches at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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