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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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Bristol Old Vic unveils refurb season programme

13th January 2011

Bristol Old Vic artistic director Tom Morris has unveiled the highlights of a year-long programme of work taking place at the venue while its main space undergoes an £11 million refurbishment. Work on the 517-seat theatre, which first opened in 1766, is part of a wider development of the whole BOV complex, which will cost a total of around £19 million.

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Fight is on to save run-down Workington Carnegie after refurb plans stalled

13th January 2011

Following a decision by Allerdale council not to press ahead with plans to refurbish the building and appoint an external management group to run it, arts groups have warned it must not be left to go to wrack and ruin. The council’s move to put a management transfer project on the back burner amid public spending cuts, which was agreed on Wednesday, has prompted fears that the venue – once the main place to go for a night out in Workington – could be left to decay.

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Bid to stop Ventnor Winter Gardens' contents being sold off

13th January 2011

VentnorTown Council is trying to persuade the Isle of Wight Council to delay selling off the contents of the Winter Gardens. It became clear at a packed public meeting called by Ventnor Town Council that the owner, the Isle of Wight Council, wants it empty as it seeks expressions of interest from a commercial operator to take it on.

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Planning changes for Crewe’s Lyceum Theatre

12th January 2011

An application has been submitted to improve access for the disabled at Crewe’s Lyceum Theatre. Cheshire East Council, which runs the Edwardian Theatre, wants to alter the main entrance and replace the existing doors. The application has just been submitted to planners for approval.

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West Yorkshire Playhouse given £1.5m to investigate model for 21st century regional rep

12th January 2011

West Yorkshire Playhouse has been given nearly £1.5 million in Lottery funding by Arts Council England to undertake a project examining how a regional repertory theatre should be run in the 21st century.

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Chichester Festival Theatre threatened with 63% local council cuts

11th January 2011

Chichester Festival Theatre could be facing a 63% cut to its funding from West Sussex County Council, after the local authority revealed new budget proposals. The council planned to subsidise the venue to the tune of £216,000 in 2011/12, but is now proposing that this be cut to just £80,000. That figure would be maintained until the end of 2013/14.

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Richard E Grant joins campaign to save Penrith Alhambra

11th January 2011

The actor Richard E Grant is backing a campaign to save a cinema close to where the cult film Withnail and I was filmed almost a quarter of a century ago. The 100-year-old Lonsdale cinema – known locally as the Alhambra – in the Cumbrian town of Penrith is facing closure within weeks because Graves, the company that owns it, wants to sell the loss-making bingo hall attached to it.

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Theatrevoice: Neil McPherson celebrates the Finborough Theatre

11th January 2011

Interviewee, Neil McPherson, the artistic director of the award-winning Finborough Theatre, which has just celebrated its 30th anniversary, gives Aleks Sierz a lesson in the history, economics and aesthetics of this London fringe venue on theatreVoice.

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Mackintosh and Lloyd Webber both report increased profits

10th January 2011

Two of the UK’s leading theatre operators, Delfont Mackintosh Theatres and the Really Useful Group, have reported increased turnover and double-digit rises in profits for 2009/10.

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