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Curtain closes on Conwy Civic Hall

27th October 2010

Conwy Civic Hall will no longer be accepting bookings after December of this year, with all events already planned to be moved to alternative premises throughout the county. In a letter to theatre groups and organisations who use the venue, Conwy County Borough Council confirmed the closure would save “at least £20,000 every year” but that the lounge area of the building would still be available during library opening hours.

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Lloyd Webber agrees deal to sell West End theatres to Michael Grade

27th October 2010

Andrew Lloyd Webber has reached an agreement to sell four of his West End theatres to a consortium led by former BBC and ITV chairman Michael Grade.

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Blog: Futile fury at the arts cuts and what i thought next

26th October 2010

Blogged by “Alan Lane on his travels”. It’s been a while since I have felt such impotent, infant-like rage. I sat listening to the Comprehensive Spending Review screaming pointless obscenities. I watched Alan Davey (Head of the Arts Council) being interviewed by the House of Commons Culture Committee and threw tantrums, shouting at the computer screen “Stop accepting the premise of the question you cretin”.

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Bolton Octagon facing huge cash cuts

26th October 2010

The Octagon Theatre is facing large funding cuts — but bosses believe it is still in a strong financial position. A grant of more than £100,000 is under threat from the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA). And the theatre has also budgeted for a 10 per cent reduction in the £600,000 funding it receives from the Arts Council.

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Save Gwent Theatre on YouTube

26th October 2010

Students from the International Film School at the University of Newport are shooting a short film and a series of adverts to back the campaign to save Gwent Theatre. BBC Torchwood star Gareth Lloyd is taking part along with other present and former members of Gwent Young People’s Theatre.

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Worcester Arts Workshop issues 'use it or lose it' plea

26th October 2010

An arts centre with aspirations of becoming Worcester’s cultural heart could close unless people start making better use of it. The stark warning from directors of the Worcester Arts Workshop has come amid the Government’s announcement of public sector cuts.

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Axe hangs over London arts groups as grants are slashed

26th October 2010

Up to 100 publicly funded art organisations could be forced to close under a strict new regime for awarding grants, experts warned today.

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Oxford theatre staff face axe after Arts Council cuts

26th October 2010

An Oxford theatre has said it is likely to cut staff after its funding from Arts Council England (ACE) was slashed by almost £22,000 for next year. The Arts Council’s budget is being cut by £100m between 2011 and 2015 as part of the government’s Spending Review.

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Theatre grants hit in Arts Council England budget cuts in Herefordshire and Worcestershire

26th October 2010

About £100,000 in grants will be cut from arts projects in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, it has been announced. At least 10 organisations in the two counties will be affected by Arts Council England’s (ACE) decision to reduce its grants by 7% next year.

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Sadler’s Wells reports highest audiences to date for 2009/10

26th October 2010

Sadler’s Wells has announced record-breaking audience figures in the 2009/10 financial year. The organisation’s annual report also reveals that the turnover for the year was £19.8 million, 65% of which was generated from ticket sales. In 2009/10 earned income represented 88.4% of the company’s income, with its Arts Council England grant making up 13.6%

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