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Take the stage – Stories from local Finsbury Park lives to inspire first play in new Park Theatre

5th November 2010

The new privately funded theatre planned for Finsbury Park’s first production will be based on the life stories of people living in the area. The 200-seat Park Theatre will be built in what is now a disused office block by the Wells Terrace exit of the tube station, and the curtain is due to rise in 2012.

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Colchester arts funding cuts confirmed

5th November 2010

Colchester’s arts organisations have been nervously anticipating the reductions from the Government’s spending review, which was expected to include budget cuts of anything between 25 and 40 per cent to Arts Council England. ACE provides funding for Colchester’s Mercury Theatre, Colchester Arts Centre and Firstsite.

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Red tape could stop council moving meetings to Shanklin theatre

5th November 2010

Legislation could scupper plans to hold town council meetings at Shanklin Theatre, it was claimed last week. Shanklin Town Council is to seek legal advice after town clerk, Stella Janeway, raised doubts as to whether the Local Government Act 1972 allowed them to hold meetings on licensed premises when other venues were available.

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Century-old Theatre Royal building in Barry to be demolished

4th November 2010

The century-old Theatre Royal cinema building in Barry will be demolished to make way for the Vale’s first extra care housing facility, it was confirmed this week.

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Grants help cover roof repairs at St Helens Theatre Royal

4th November 2010

Rainwater had gushed onto the stage where the cast of Billy Elliott were trying out their routines and emergency repairs had to be carried out so the show could go on. The cost to the Theatre Royal Trust exceeded £15,000. Since the leak there’s now a double helping of good news for stage fans.

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ACE unveils “biggest transformation of arts funding for a generation”

4th November 2010

Arts Council England has today unveiled the ten-year strategy that will inform a complete overhaul of the organisations it funds in early 2011, leading to as many as 100 companies being cut.

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New Blue Shed for Sheffield

4th November 2010

A new arts venue in Sheffield which will host theatre, film productions and live music has been officially opened at an unveiling ceremony. The Blue Shed, off Brightside Lane, was opened by Sheffield Council leader Paul Scriven at an event attended by members of the city’s arts and media community.

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Dumfries Theatre Royal survival fund package allocated

4th November 2010

A £315,000 funding package has been earmarked to safeguard the future of Scotland’s oldest working theatre. Nithsdale area committee councillors gave their support to the Theatre Royal in Dumfries. The money would help carry out repairs and improvements to the building in order to keep it wind and watertight and extend its life by 10 years.

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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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