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Leeds City Varieties encourages you to name a seat

17th January 2011

With a history spanning three centuries, generations of Leeds’ families have enjoyed pantomimes, comedy, music and more at City Varieties. Guest blogger Nev Jopson blogs about how you can help the £9.2m restoration scheme. The City Varieties has launched a Name a Seat scheme to support the refurbishment of the world-famous music hall.

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Blog: Arts Council funding, up to 200 organisations could be culled

17th January 2011

With just two weeks until the deadline, reminders are sent out as arts groups scramble to convince ACE that they deserve cash “blogs”: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/culture-cuts-blog/2011/jan/18/arts-council Mark Brown for The Guardian Culture Cuts Blog.

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All options open for future of Workington's Carnegie Theatre

15th January 2011

Allerdale council has pledged to consider all possible options for the future of Workington’s Carnegie Theatre. The news follows a meeting of the council’s executive committee this week where councillors heard that proposals from two local arts groups to take over the running of the theatre could not be taken forward due to Government cuts.

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Peterborough Broadway rises from the ashes under a new management

15th January 2011

Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre is to reopen next month for the first time since a fire forced it to close its doors in early 2009. At the time, it was feared that damage from the blaze – which affected both the stage and the 1,200-seat auditorium – would cause the venue to close permanently.

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Theatres trump restaurants and pubs in recession, says market research

15th January 2011

British theatre continues to buck the recession, according to a new report revealing the resilience of the performing arts sector compared with restaurants, pubs and clubs.

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Austerity strikes London nonprofits as ACE deadline looms

15th January 2011

The rise of not-for-profit houses, notably the Royal Court, the Donmar and National Theater, was unquestionably the London legit story of 2010. But the not-for-profit sector is likely to dominate the headlines again in 2011 for a different reason: Its funding is about to be cut. And the effects, in both the short and long term, are potentially devastating for the legit scene.

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Donmar Warehouse to buy Covent Garden property

14th January 2011

The Donmar Warehouse is also in the process of buying its own rehearsal, education and office space in Covent Garden. This follows the purchase of the Donmar theatre site in 2008. The company will take sole possession of the venue in five years’ time when the current lease expires.

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Now get involved in Lowestoft Marina’s future

14th January 2011

Concerns were voiced last year about the future of professional shows at the Marina after Waveney failed to find a new operator to take it on. Also, it emerged that the building could be advertised as an “entertainments or leisure” venue instead. But fears were allayed six weeks ago when senior councllors met groups willing to take on the day-to-day running of the Marina and Waveney promised to ?ensure that it remained “a fantastic, nationally-renowned and sustainable theatre”.

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Blog: 'Fair deal for the arts' demand in Northern Ireland

14th January 2011

A Facebook campaign is launched as politicians consider a £4.2m cut in funding over four years. Most people you talk to in the arts recognise that cuts are, of course, inevitable – it is the scale and speed of them which need to be talked about blogs Mark Brown for The Guardian Culture Cuts Blog..

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Blog: Arts funding dilemmas for local authorities

13th January 2011

Barnet argues that people can go into central London for their arts, and in Newcastle the city council is forced to make savings of £50m blogs Mark Brown for The Guardian Culture Cuts Blog.

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