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Cardiff culture still thriving despite funding cuts

15th February 2011

Sherman Cymru has inherited a history of weathering hard times. The celebrated theatre company, known for fresh new work and award-winning programming, was housed in a building which survived funding cuts and threats of closure in its 40-year stint. But being homeless for the last year has taken Sherman Cymru’s staying power as a staple on Cardiff’s theatre scene to new levels.

Usually snuck between the Cardiff railway line and busy Senghennydd Road in the heart of studentville, the theatre building has been closed since January 2010 for a £6m refurbishment.

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The future of Southsea's St Peter's Theatre is uncertain

15th February 2011

St Peter’s Theatre in Fraser Road, Southsea, is used by three different drama companies, and is one of only six amateur venues in the country to have purpose-built flying facilities – allowing sets, props and even people to move through the air. But its future may be in doubt after St Peter’s Church, which owns the theatre, announced it may move to new premises as part of the Somers Town regeneration project.

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Victoria Hall sale secures future of Old Harlow theatre

15th February 2011

The future of the Victoria Hall Theatre in Old Harlow was finally secured this week after a group set up to save the building from closure completed its purchase from Essex County Council.

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David Cameron's 'salute' sale to save Somerset's Strode theatre

15th February 2011

Bosses at a Somerset theatre have put this rather cheeky painting of the Prime Minister up on display in its gallery – in the hope it will help save the venue from closure. Strode Theatre in Street has slapped a semi-serious £57,000 price tag on artist Jason Bryant’s take on the current state of budget cuts in the county.

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Margate Theatre Royal reveals application for lottery money

14th February 2011

An application for lottery money to refurbish and possibly expand the Theatre Royal in Margate will be submitted this month. A bid will be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore and develop the Grade II listed building. Public areas including the box office, bar and disabled access are priority for refurbishment but the possibility of acquiring 19 Hawley Square which sits opposite the theatre is also understood to be an option. It is currently owned by Orbit Housing.

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The Theatrical Guild's First Night Riders Revving up to Ride Again

14th February 2011

The First Night Riders – a group of motorbike riding theatre professionals and their friends – will once more don their leathers and helmets to raise much needed funds for The Theatrical Guild (TTG). TTG is the only theatre charity that specifically looks after backstage and FOH workers in times of hardship.

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Cheltenham councillors vote to make £3m savings including cuts to the arts

12th February 2011

Proposals to save over £3m in the next two years have been signed off by Cheltenham borough councillors. The plans include a staff pay freeze for the next two years, and the loss of 32 jobs, accounting for 5% of the workforce. Grants to the arts, for example festivals and the Everyman Theatre, are also being cut.

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Köbberling & Kaltwasser wins AJ Small Projects award for Jellyfish Theatre

11th February 2011

German practice Köbberling & Kaltwasser has won this year’s AJ Small Projects prize for its Jellyfish Theatre project in London. Built for just £17,000, the 120-seat temporary venue was described by competition judges as the ‘most inventive’ and ‘very well received and exciting.’

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Blog: State of the Arts? More like a state of collective amnesia

11th February 2011

Going easy on MPs over arts cuts, despite broken promises of a ‘golden age’, was one of several shortcomings at the conference blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

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Leamington's Royal Spa Centre theatre saved

11th February 2011

The Warwickshire theatre has been saved after being recommended for closure by a council. Warwick District Council concluded in 2009 it was not getting value for money from the facility.

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