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Watford Palace Theatre appeal hits first target

3rd November 2010

Businesses have pledged £5,000 towards the renovation of Watford Palace Theatre’s historic facade – two days ahead of the fundraising deadline. The theatre, in Clarendon Road, hopes to raise £20,000 towards the work as part of the Big Arts Give Challenge 2010.

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Axe hanging over Darlington venues

3rd November 2010

Darlington Civic Theatre is under threat of closure after its local council admitted it was considering axing its £500,000 grant as part of a wider package of cuts across the local authority. Darlington Arts Centre, which has a range of performance spaces with a total capacity of almost 700, may also have its £700,000 financial support from the authority cut.

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ROH shelves its plans to move north

3rd November 2010

Plans to establish a northern base for the Royal Opera House in Manchester have been put “on hold”. However this is not a direct result of the cuts made in the Comprehensive Spending Review last month, despite reports linking the decisions. In a statement, ROH said the coalition government had endorsed its proposals for a northern home and it would be pursued at the “appropriate time in the future”.

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Trio of Edinburgh venues at risk as owner goes bust

3rd November 2010

Key Edinburgh fringe venue, the Roxy Art House, has closed and two further venues have been put up for sale after the 105-year-old charity that owns them went into administration. Edinburgh University Settlement first put the Roxy up for sale in October, together with the Forest Cafe on Bristo Place and the GRV on Guthrie Street, with a combined price tag of almost £3 million.

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Controversial plans to close Arnold Leisure Centre and theatre within as part of £10m redevelopment

3rd November 2010

A controversial £10m plan to regenerate Arnold town centre has been revealed. Gedling Borough Council wants to close Arnold Leisure Centre, build a new one in the town and redevelop the top end of Front Street.

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Odeon & Little Roodee are revealed as preferred sites for multi-million pound Chester theatre

3rd November 2010

Chester’s much-loved Odeon building could be transformed into a £38m state-of-the-art theatre complex – and cinema. The currently empty listed building in Northgate Street has emerged as the surprise option after two preferred sites were unveiled by Cheshire West & Chester Council.

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SAVE Britain’s Theatres!!!

2nd November 2010

A new Trust is being created under the title of “SAVE Britain’s Theatres!!!” (SBT). The founding Trustees are members of the former “Curtains!!! Or A New Life For Old Theatres Committee” which originally researched and published its ground-breaking gazetteer of theatres built in Great Britain before 1914.

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Emergency repairs to Derby Hippodrome building almost completed

2nd November 2010

A 5-week emergency repair programme for Derby’s Hippodrome is on track to finish this week.The final parts of the work are being carried out today with some of the flashings being replaced. The site will then be cleared up and the hoardings removed by Friday. Macklin Street is due to reopen during the week starting November 15

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Views sought on Guildford's Bellerby Theatre site plans

1st November 2010

Residents’ views are being sought on plans to develop an old theatre site in Surrey. The scheme would see the former Bellerby Theatre site in Guildford turned into a mixture of affordable homes and other residential buildings. It includes the theatre, Victoria Court sheltered accommodation, some community buildings and an industrial unit.

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Cuts could force price of theatre ticket up to £100

1st November 2010

Government cuts could cause ticket prices for arts events to rocket and drive world-class performers out of the region, a leading venue boss has warned. Julia Fawcett – head of the Lowry in Salford – claims cuts to subsidies could even force prices for top-class theatre, dance and music concerts beyond £100 – well beyond the reach of most families.

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