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Arts Council Wales and local council funding cut spells final curtain for Theatr Powys

17th March 2011

A leading Welsh theatre company established four decades ago will take its final bow next month because of £400,000 public funding cuts. Prominent figures in the Welsh arts yesterday said Theatr Powys had been sacrificed to a “dangerous and socially catastrophic gamble”. In an open letter on the Theatre in Wales website, critics said funding cuts by Arts Council of Wales (ACW) and Powys council had spelt the death knell for a “unique” company with a “body of remarkable and committed freelance artists”.

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Creative Scotland publishes ten-year plan

15th March 2011

Creative Scotland has published its first ten-year plan, outlining how it is going to transfer from its inherited models of grant aid to a new funding system. The plan is the first concrete evidence of how CS intends to incorporate the responsibilities it has inherited from the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen with new responsibilities for crafts, fashion and the digital technologies.

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New Theatreland Walking Tours announced

15th March 2011

Led by Blue Badge Guide Diane Burstein, the Society of London Theatre Theatreland Walking Tour has a brand new route for 2011 which spans a wide and varied area, covering the history of some of London’s best loved theatres.

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West Yorkshire Playhouse artistic chief Ian Brown to step down

15th March 2011

The artistic director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse is to step down after a decade at the helm. Ian Brown took up the role in 2002 following Jude Kelly who had been in post since the building opened in 1990. A successor to Mr Brown has not yet been appointed and his leaving date has not been decided. Mr Brown is is expected to remain in post until Arts Council funding for theatres and other organisations has been decided.

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Northern Ireland arts receive Budget boost

15th March 2011

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has welcomed the improved arts budget agreed by the Northern Ireland Assembly, but cautions that challenges still lie ahead. The details have yet to be confirmed, but the arts look set to lose £1.4 million over the four year budget period, rather than the disproportionate £4.2 million that was initially proposed in the draft Budget 2011-15.

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Britain's favourite small theatres

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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