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Noises off: make no mistake, beer can promote good performance

18th November 2010

With arts organisations struggling financially, corporate sponsors have a vital role to play – and that includes alcohol distributors blogs Chris Wilkinson for The Guardian.

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Sheffield engineering company wins national arts award for warehouse to theatre conversion

18th November 2010

An engineering firm in Sheffield has won a national award for its work in the arts. Ekspan, based in Brightside, converted a warehouse into a 350 seat theatre in November 2009. The company worked with a group called Open Door Theatre to set up a new arts and conference venue. Their partnership has been recognised with an award from the organisation, Arts and Business.

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Crewe’s Lyceum Theatre safe for another year after Cheshire East Council announces next year’s panto

17th November 2010

Crewe’s historic Lyceum Theatre is safe for at least another year after the council confirmed it will get funding. At one stage it looked as though the curtain could come for good on what is known as Crewe’s “jewel in the crown”.

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James Purnell appointed to National Theatre board

17th November 2010

Former Labour culture secretary James Purnell has been appointed to the board of the National Theatre. John Makinson, who became chairman of the NT’s board on November 1, announced the appointment today. He said: “James was an energetic and enlightened culture secretary who will bring a wealth of relevant experience to the board of the National Theatre.

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London theatres pool resources in bid to go greener

17th November 2010

Green arts organisation Julie’s Bicycle has set up a new partnership with 12 off-West End venues to make them more sustainable and help them cut costs. Each member of the London Theatre Consortium will be evaluated by JB to gauge their carbon emissions, before developing ways in which they can work together.

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Mackintosh brother surfaces as rival Westminster Theatre bidder

17th November 2010

Producer Robert Mackintosh has emerged as the rival bidder being lined up to operate the new Westminster Theatre. The brother of impresario Cameron Mackintosh is named with his company Maximum Theatres Ltd in a planning application submitted to Westminster City Council that will be debated this week.

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Scotland’s arts escape with light cuts to central government funding

17th November 2010

Scotland’s key cultural organisations have been largely protected in the nation’s draft budget, announced in Holyrood today. Critically, the culture and external affairs budget recognises the key role the creative industries have in helping economic recovery.

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Young actors campaign to save Theatr Powys

17th November 2010

A campaign is under way by a group of young actors to save a “highly regarded” theatre which is threatened with closure. Mid Powys Youth Theatre is part of Theatr Powys, which is expected to lose about £200,000 in funding from the Acts Council of Wales (ACW) next year. Campaign4Creativity (C4C) has been formed to rescue the theatre, which is based in Llandrindod Wells.

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New work by Quentin Blake unveiled on Unicorn Theatre walls

16th November 2010

Quentin Blake will this week unveil a new large-scale work created as a gift to London children’s theatre the Unicorn to celebrate its 5th anniversary and support its work with underprivileged children.

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£100,000 council grant cut fears for Grand Theatre in Blackpool

16th November 2010

Blackpool’s Grand Theatre could be plunged back into financial crisis if the Council withdraws vital funding. The Vice-President of the theatre has warned a town hall grant of nearly £106,000 is essential if the venue is to remain open. But spending cuts mean the Council cannot give assurances the grant, in its third year, will be available next year.

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