The Theatres Trust

Nostalgia and History: Shepherds Bush Empire and its novel exit strategy

10th November 2010

Built as a variety theatre for the theatrical impressario Oswald Stoll, the Shepherd’s Bush Empire is seen here in September 1953 just before its closure and conversion into the BBC Television Theatre.

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Prince Charles makes donation to Hitchin theatre youth wing funds

10th November 2010

A royal donation has crowned the £250,000 fundraising appeal for the Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchen’s new youth wing. In the very week the theatre’s resident company, the Bancroft Players, was to announce that they had hit their target, members learned that Prince Charles – through The Prince’s Charities Foundation – had added to their funds.

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Moray ponders scrapping its entire arts budget

10th November 2010

Moray Council in Scotland is weighing up whether to axe all its arts funding, including grants to village halls that host touring theatre companies across the rural county.

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HLF relaxes funding rules to ease burden on applicants

10th November 2010

The Heritage Lottery Fund, which has invested more than £130 million in historic theatres and arts centres since it was established, has brought in new measures in response to the recession. Several changes, including reduced match funding requirements and the chance for past grant holders to request short-term financial support in special cases, have been made by HLF with immediate effect.

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Grant keeps Birmingham's Stan’s Cafe in factory home

10th November 2010

Birmingham theatre company Stan’s Cafe has been awarded £60,000 from Arts Council England, meaning it can stay in its home. Stan’s Cafe was given the money from Grants for the Arts Lottery funds. Officials at the venue say it will enable the company to renew its lease of converted metalworks factory @ AE Harris for another two years and improve some of the facilities at the venue.

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Somerset County Council cuts funding to cultural organisations

10th November 2010

Somerset County Council has decided to cut its £160,000 funding pot for arts organisations in the area following the government’s recent spending review.

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Arts cuts: D-day in Somerset

9th November 2010

Today, arts groups in Somerset will find out if the council’s proposed 100% cut to their grants will go ahead. Could the rest of the country follow?

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Fear for Oxford's Old Fire Station arts centre scheme as builder folds

9th November 2010

Oxford City Council’s £3.5m conversion of the Old Fire Station into an education and arts centre for young homeless people could be stalled by the financial collapse of building contractors Rok. The firm called in administrators yesterday after chalking up £3.8m half-year losses earlier this year.

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Darlington for Culture group could lease threatened venue

9th November 2010

Campaigners have demanded more time to come up with ideas which could save Darlington Arts Centre from closure. The call was made during a Talking Together meeting held last night to discuss proposed council cuts. Users of the centre asked council officers to allow a new community group the opportunity to prove it could run the venue.

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Darlington Council holds budget cut meeting

9th November 2010

Darlington residents have been having their say about where the axe should fall in proposed budget cuts. More than 400 council jobs are set to go and a historic theatre could close as the Labour-controlled authority attempts a £22m reduction in spending.

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