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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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Grimshaw’s Bangor Pontio project starts on site

19th January 2011

Construction has begun on Grimshaw’s £25 million Pontio project – a new arts and innovation centre at Bangor University in Wales. Featuring a 450-seat theatre, a rehearsal studio, teaching rooms, a cinema and an outdoor amphitheatre, the Pontio building is designed to serve students, local businesses and the community.

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Melvin Bragg: why the arts have replaced heavy industry

18th January 2011

The arts have replaced heavy industry as a driver of the British economy and should not be subjected to “blunderbuss” government cuts, according to Melvyn Bragg for The Telegraph.

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London’s Little Opera House launches rep season

18th January 2011

London’s Little Opera House, the fringe venue previously known as the King’s Head Theatre, is to launch a repertory season at the end of this week. From January 23, the theatre’s resident company OperaUpClose will run five operas in rep – La Boheme, Cinderella, Madam Butterfly, The Barber of Seville and a new production of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci.

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