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Campaigners must raise £750,000 to save Penrith Alhambra

27th January 2011

Campaigners fighting to save Penrith’s Alhambra Cinema have been given more time to allow a community buyout to be put together. This means the venue, which was due to close on March 3, can now stay open until April 30 so work to secure the £750,000 needed to buy the property can be found.

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Alarm over cuts to arts in the North East

27th January 2011

The threat to arts in the North East has been raised in Parliament, with a warning that the Government is risking the region’s cultural renaissance. Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell has called on ministers to look again at support for theatre groups as funding cuts threaten to undermine the city’s cultural achievements over the last 10 years.

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Harrogate needs your help to lobby North Yorkshire County Council

27th January 2011

Harrogate Theatre needs your help to lobby North Yorkshire County Council who are proposing an 85% cut to their annual grant. David Bown, Chief Executive outlines the current situation and how you can help.

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Theatreland enjoys ‘golden age’ despite ash, slump and snow

27th January 2011

London theatre continues to defy the effects of the recession, reporting overall results for 2010 that saw record box office revenues and a minimal (0.79%) drop in attendance. Society of London Theatre president Nica Burns said that she was delighted with the results, which she claims represent an ongoing “golden period” for London theatre.

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Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds to offer weddings to increase income

26th January 2011

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is to host weddings within its Regency auditorium in a bid to create a new income stream for the venue. Staff at the theatre are currently applying for a marriage licence and hope that the first wedding will take place in September this year. It held a wedding fair last weekend to generate interest.

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Blog: Cuts mean Royal Shakespeare Company's Newcastle season is not to be

26th January 2011

Anyone in Newcastle looking forward to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s regular visit to the city’s wonderful Theatre Royal has a long wait ahead: in a joint statement the theatre and Michael Boyd, artistic director of the RSC, have scrapped this year’s dates – as a direct result of the cuts in RSC funding, at a time when the new theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon is increasing their costs blogs Maev Kennedy for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

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Blog: Why does size matter to theatres?

26th January 2011

Some say that theatre is all about liveness and intimacy, others that it needs to be epic in scope. Both can’t be right, surely? blogs Andrew Haydon for The GuardianTheatre Blog.

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Blog: Arts Council funding applications 'a fantastic response'

25th January 2011

So says ACE chief executive Alan Davey on the number of applicants – but it won’t be so fantastic for the organisations that get nothing blogs Maev Kennedy for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

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Gomp/Arts Blog: What is the future for arts funding?

25th January 2011

BBC’s Arts Editor Will Gompertz blogs on this morning’s culture select committee where the Arts Council England’s chair Liz Forgan and chief executive Alan Davey were being put through their paces.

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Leeds ballet centre opens doors for visitors

25th January 2011

The doors of a multi-million pound ballet and dance centre in Leeds have been opened to the public. The six-storey building includes seven dance studios, a 230-seater studio theatre along with wardrobe facilities, meeting rooms, a hot tub, sauna and physiotherapist facilities.

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