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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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Arts bodies braced for fresh cuts

16th November 2010

Theatres, galleries and other arts bodies are preparing for a “double whammy” of funding cuts as local councils try to balance their budgets. The Arts Council England has already said its budget for cultural organisations will fall by 15% by 2015. Many venues and services also rely on subsidies from local authorities, who have had their funding slashed by 26%.

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Blog: Want to know the damage arts cuts could do? Visit Darlington

16th November 2010

Slashing the Darlington arts budget will not only hit culture, but hurt wider society – especially when it comes to young people blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian.

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Group puts forward plan to safeguard Darlington Arts Centre

16th November 2010

Campaigners are hoping to gain support for a solution they believe could save a town’s cultural amenities from closure. Darlington for Culture was set up to protect the Civic Theatre and Darlington Arts Centre after Darlington Borough Council announced proposals to end its subsidies to the facilities as part of £22m spending cuts over four years.The group proposes to set up a “community interest company” to run the building, which they say provides a hub for the town’s cultural activity.

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Liverpool Council signs Neptune Theatre community deal

15th November 2010

The battle over the future of Liverpool’s much loved Neptune theatre is finally over. Liverpool city council and the building’s leaseholder agreed a deal that secures the theatre for the next 12 years. The council owns the Hanover Street building but leased it to the property firm Hanover Estates.

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