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Blog: Why regional theatres should be out and proud in 2011

4th January 2011

If local venues don’t reach out to the community they will not survive the funding cuts blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

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Ayr Gaiety re-opening plans are unveiled

31st December 2010

Public support will help the curtain go up at the Gaiety Theatre this year. That’s the message from rescue chiefs, who’ve unveiled their ambitious plans to re-open the building. Gaiety Partnership chairman, Iain Brown, believes people power is the key to showtime. And he revealed the iconic theatre could be ready for the 2011 panto season.

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Ventnor Winter Gardens theatre to shut over funding axe

30th December 2010

Ventnor Winter Gardens is managed by Ventnor Town Council which uses box office sales and a council subsidy to run the 1930s art deco building. But Isle of Wight Council has cut its funding and the town council said it cannot afford to solely run the site. Fifteen jobs will go but the councils said they will invite offers for the site when it shuts on 31 January.

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Workington Carnegie's £1.5m theatre revamp funds lost

30th December 2010

Funding of £1.5m to tidy up Workington’s Carnegie Theatre looks like it has been lost. The cash was earmarked to improve the grade two listed building after concerns were raised about the state of it which is said to be in urgent need of a revamp. But because of failings in land sales by Allerdale council and Government cuts for local authorities, the cash which had been set aside is no longer available.

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Fears Hull Truck staff may face redundancy after funding cuts

27th December 2010

Staff at Hull Truck Theatre have been told their positions are being reviewed, following funding cutbacks. Chief executive Andrew Smaje has confirmed the review will take place next month as part of plans to save £160,000 a year. Hull Truck has seen cuts of £100,000 to its annual funding from Hull City Council.

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Blog: Looking up at Bristol Old Vic

23rd December 2010

Gazing at the theatre’s extraordinary 18th-century decor, I feel a refurbished Old Vic could better serve this city’s creative life blogs Charlotte Higgins.

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Blog: Social Media Spotlight - SF Playhouse Pluggers (U.S.)

23rd December 2010

Earlier this year, the SF Playhouse invited Bay Area Twitter users to apply for the SF Playhouse Pluggers, a group of individuals invited to plug in and Tweet during the performance in special ‘tweet seats’ where their thoughts will be instantly be shared with the Bay Area and the world. Technology in the Arts blogger David Dombrosky had the opportunity to talk with the Director of Marketing for SF Playhouse about this controversial and highly debated social media program.

Source: Technology in The Arts: Social Media Spotlight


Northern Ireland arts could be hit with £4.2 million Arts Council cuts in draft budget

22nd December 2010

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is bracing itself for cuts amounting to £4.2 million over the next four years in a newly announced draft budget by the region’s legislative Executive.

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Campaigners’ final plea to save Barry Theatre Royal

22nd December 2010

A battle to stop an historic cinema being replaced by a care flats complex is entering its final stages. Tension is mounting in the fight to stop the demolition of the 100-year-old Theatre Royal cinema in Barry. The drama is likely to come to a climax early next year when plans to demolish the cinema and build a 40-flat “extra care” complex on the site go before Vale of Glamorgan councillors.

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Tony Graham to step down from the London Unicorn

21st December 2010

Tony Graham, artistic director and chief executive of London’s Unicorn Theatre, has announced that he is stepping down.

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