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Bangor Pontio arts centre 'to create hundreds of jobs'

20th January 2011

A £37m arts and innovation centre in Bangor, Gwynedd, will create and safeguard hundreds of jobs, it is claimed. Bangor University’s Pontio centre will include a theatre with up to 550 seats. It is hoped that the development will open by spring 2013.

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Globe to open new venue to programme year-round

20th January 2011

An indoor Jacobean-style theatre is to open within the Shakespeare’s Globe complex in London which will make the venue’s programme year-round for the first time. The new space will be based on the original Blackfriars Theatre, which Shakespeare and the King’s Men played during their winter seasons.

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Crumbling Dance Academy landmark is 'a crying shame', says Plymouth MP

19th January 2011

Options to prevent further decay of Plymouth’s historic former Palace Theatre have been discussed by a city MP – but the council said it doesn’t have the cash for repairs. Oliver Colvile, Tory MP for Sutton and Devonport, met Dr Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage (EH), at Westminster to discuss the iconic Union Street building.

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£500k City support for the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

19th January 2011

The New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, was last week delighted to receive support of £500,000 from the Partnership of Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) to build a Creative Learning Space in the NTR’s new build.

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New season means tighter belts at Suffolk’s theatres

19th January 2011

As the spring season gets under way drama balances comedy, new plays balance tried and tested favourites and everything feels better with a little music in the season. The message from all Suffolk’s producing theatres is, if you want to help theatres survive the current financial squeeze – book early.

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‘Great news’ as Lion and Unicorn readies for major refurb

19th January 2011

London fringe theatre the Lion and Unicorn is to close next month to undergo a refurbishment, as the pub in which it is housed is taken over by a major brewery.

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Darlington Civic goes on the market as local authority looks to cut ties

19th January 2011

Darlington’s Civic Theatre will stay open until at least January 2012, but is being put up for sale as part of budget proposals aimed to save the local council £13.5 million. In November last year, Darlington Borough Council warned that both the Civic and the Darlington Arts Centre might lose their local authority funding, which totals £1.2 million.

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Blog: Welcome to my front room, why I love directing in small spaces

19th January 2011

Putting on a play in a confined area requires a great delicacy between director and actor that makes the experience thrilling blogs Katie Mitchell for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

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Blog: Love's labour's located: how I plotted Shakespeare's London with an iPhone app

19th January 2011

My new app uses Apple geo-positioning to guide you around the playwright’s favourite haunts and sites of significance – even when they’re long disappeared blogs Victor Keegan for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

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Blog: Are things better in Scotland? Plus how to save a threatened arts centre

19th January 2011

Mark Brown blogs on a round up of arts funding news in Scotland, Darlington and Cheltenham where one theatre is passing on the cost, for The Guardian Culture Cuts Blog.

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