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Nervous times for the RSC and Midlands Arts Centre after arts funding cuts announced

21st October 2010

The Royal Shakespeare Company is nervous about the 29.6 per cent funding cut for the Arts Council announced in the Government’s Spending Review.

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Bristol Hippodrome theatre boss takes a final bow before moving to Edinburgh Playhouse

21st October 2010

During his tenure in charge of the Bristol Hippodrome, Gary Roden has seen 404 shows grace its stage, brought Brian May to the city and dealt with the fallout of having a pigeon spoil a customer’s night at the ballet. Yesterday the curtain came down on his leading role at the theatre, as from Monday he will take up the management of the Edinburgh Playhouse.

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Scaffolding to stay up for months at Eastbourne theatre

21st October 2010

A theatre will remain covered in scaffolding for months as council chiefs draw up a plan to keep international tennis coming to Sussex. In April a section of concrete fell off the Congress Theatre building in Eastbourne. But instead of funding full repairs to the structure, Eastbourne Borough Council is to pay for temporary scaffolding to remain outside the front of the Grade II listed building.

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Private firm to run Weston-super-Mare Winter Gardens and Playhouse

20th October 2010

Three of Weston-super-Mare’s tourist attractions are to be handed to private firms to run. North Somerset Council has awarded Parkwood Leisure a 10-year deal to run the Winter Gardens, Playhouse Theatre and tourist information service.

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Blog: The Young Vic hits middle age and discovers some grey areas

20th October 2010

As the youth-oriented theatre turns 40, artistic director David Lan blogs about blending firebrand ideals with a more mature outlook

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Basildon theatre in line for revamp under £1bn plans

20th October 2010

Basildon’s Towngate Theatre could be partly rebuilt and its capacity doubled as part of the local council’s £1 billion regeneration plans for the town centre. Basildon District Council has approved a development partner for its 20-year regeneration project, which will also include the creation of 1,900 homes and 52,000 sq metres of retail and leisure space.

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Developers held off as puppeteers move into Bridport Lyric

20th October 2010

Dorset puppet company Stuff and Nonsense has taken over a local theatre after developers were refused planning permission to turn it into flats. Stuff and Nonsense bought the Lyric Theatre in Bridport after the previous owner failed to get approval from the local council for the conversion scheme. The building has been empty for more than five years.

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Restored Liverpool theatre to be renamed in honour of Epstein

20th October 2010

Liverpool’s Neptune Theatre is to be renamed the Epstein Theatre in honour of the late Beatles manager, who started his music career at the venue. Liverpool City Council dedicated the venue to Brian Epstein in 1997 to mark the 30th anniversary of his death in 1967. The council has now obtained permission from Epstein’s family to re-name the theatre in his honour.

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ACE and DCMS on collision course over arm’s length principle

20th October 2010

Comprehensive Spending Review: A row is brewing between leading figures at Arts Council England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport about the arm’s length principle of arts funding, following the Comprehensive Spending Review.

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DCMS budget cut by £300 million

20th October 2010

Comprehensive Spending Review: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s budget will be slashed from £1.4 billion to £1.1 billion over the next four years, George Osborne has announced, and its capital spend will be cut from £1.5 billion to £1.3 billion.

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