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Dramatic tension as Rose Bruford mulls privatisation

17th February 2011

Silence over premium funding leaves Rose Bruford head pondering role change. Simon Baker reports. A drama school head has said he has little option but to consider going private because of a lack of guidance from the government over funding.

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Manchester City Council on brink of £326,000 culture funding cuts

17th February 2011

Manchester City Council is on the verge of cutting its culture budget by £326,000 over the next two years. The local authority also plans to adopt a “more rigorous approach” to funding arts organisations. Theatres and other cultural institutions will now have to prove that they are delivering the council’s priorities in order to secure funding.

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Burnham's Princess Theatre saved from closure

17th February 2011

A theatre in Burnham-on-Sea has been saved from closure after a council agreed to take over the lease. Burnham Town Council has agreed to take on the Princess Theatre’s running costs as it has agreed a 125-year lease with Sedgemoor District Council.

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ATG signs up for another five years at Churchill Bromley

16th February 2011

Ambassador Theatre Group has secured another five-year management contract on the Churchill Theatre in Bromley, after the local council had put the venue up for tender.

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Legal agreement secures new performance venue for Westminster Theatre site

16th February 2011

The property developer behind plans to create a replacement venue on the site of the old Westminster Theatre has finally signed a legal agreement that should ensure a performance venue is created on-site.

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Blog: Climate change is coming to a theatre near you ... but should we care?

16th February 2011

Environmental themes are hitting the stage in plays left, right and centre, but artists must strive to be more than just advocates blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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Worthing's Connaught theatre faces closure

15th February 2011

Worthing’s Connaught Theatre could shut for good next January, The Assembly Hall is also at risk of closure, but the Pavilion Theatre could be upgraded, according to secret borough council reports. Private papers revealed the historic Connaught had been judged unsustainable as a business.

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Campaign to save Arnold Leisure Centre and Bonington Theatre backed by more than 3,000

15th February 2011

More than 3,000 people have signed a petition to save Arnold Leisure Centre. Gedling Borough Council plans to close Arnold, Redhill and Calverton Leisure Centres and build a new one in Arnold. A document leaked to the Post had revealed that Arnold Leisure Centre would need to close before the new one could be built. The document, entitled Regeneration of Arnold Town Centre – Staff Briefing 26 October 2010, also stated that there would be no place for the Bonington Theatre, which is part of Arnold Leisure Centre, inside the new leisure centre.

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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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