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Radio 4 Today Show - Renaming theatres 'nothing new'

30th October 2010

The theatre’s Artistic Director Sir Nicholas Hytner discusses whether renaming the Cottesloe Theatre after Mr Dorfman in recognition of the gift should set a precedent for the arts on the Today programme.

Source: BBC Radio 4 – Today


Cuts threat to 400 jobs and civic theatre in Darlington

30th October 2010

More than 400 council jobs are set to go and a 107-year-old theatre could close in Darlington because of the effects of government spending cuts. The Labour-controlled authority said it would have to cut £22m from its annual budget of about £107m by 2014.

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Ayr’s Gaiety moves closer to reopening with £800K grant

29th October 2010

Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre has received an £800,000 funding boost, moving it a step closer to reopening at the end of 2011 after going dark in January 2009 for Health and Safety reasons.The decision by South Ayrshire Council to unlock the funds means that the Ayr Gaiety Partnership will now be able to move towards opening the theatre’s cafe bar, ticket office and frontage.

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Belgrade Theatre hit by Government arts cuts

29th October 2010

The Belgrade’s B2 auditorium and its work with youngsters and the disadvantaged could be the first casualties of nearly £75,000 funding cuts. The theatre – a registered charity – is totally reliant on Government grants, including cash from Arts Council England and the city council.

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Culture shock for Darlington

29th October 2010

It was always going to the case that the reality of the Government’s public sector squeeze would only really hit home when local councils began to reveal details of the cuts they are being forced to make. Darlington Borough Council led the way today by announcing that 400 jobs are to go, with the Civic Theatre and the Arts Centre in line to close unless alternative funding can be found quickly.

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Plymouth Barbican Theatre boss says the show must go on - despite budget cuts

29th October 2010

The show must go on, a Plymouth theatre boss pledged after more than £120,000 was slashed from city arts funding. Sheila Snellgrove, chief executive of the Barbican Theatre, said news of a 6.9 per cent cut in next year’s Arts Council funding came as “something of a relief” after they were warned to prepare for cuts of up to 30 per cent.

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Blog: Somerset County Crazy Council et al.

29th October 2010

We all knew they were coming. We knew they wouldn’t be pretty. It was a bit like an ominous C-list movie trailer with Su Pollard on voiceover duties. And as the shock begins to sink in for all those facing massive budget cuts, we’re starting to hear how local councils are planning to deal with their own monetary shortfalls and it’s not good news blogs David Grewcock from The Stage.

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Blog: The naming game continues….

29th October 2010

This week saw the arts funding cuts already starting to bite, when ACE announced the first tranche of across-the-board reductions; but also the first signs of the sponsorship culture that’s going to fill the gap for some blogs Mark Shenton for The Stage..

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Norwich Puppet Theatre celebrates 30 year anniversary

28th October 2010

Norwich Puppet Theatre is marking its 30th birthday by hosting a fundraising auction of puppets that have been customised by top celebrities. The birthday celebrations will run from 29 November to 4 December 2010.

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Plymouth theatre boss says the show must go on - despite budget cuts

28th October 2010

The show must go on, a Plymouth theatre boss pledged after more than £120,000 was slashed from city arts funding. Sheila Snellgrove, chief executive of the Barbican Theatre, said news of a 6.9 per cent cut in next year’s Arts Council funding came as “something of a relief” after they were warned to prepare for cuts of up to 30 per cent. “The show definitely goes on,” she said. But she warned that culture was still on a knife-edge as Plymouth City Council, which delivers sizeable arts subsidies, battles to balance its budget.

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