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Plymouth theatre boss says the show must go on - despite budget cuts

28th October 2010

The show must go on, a Plymouth theatre boss pledged after more than £120,000 was slashed from city arts funding. Sheila Snellgrove, chief executive of the Barbican Theatre, said news of a 6.9 per cent cut in next year’s Arts Council funding came as “something of a relief” after they were warned to prepare for cuts of up to 30 per cent. “The show definitely goes on,” she said. But she warned that culture was still on a knife-edge as Plymouth City Council, which delivers sizeable arts subsidies, battles to balance its budget.

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Theatre Royal in Dumfries seeks urgent repairs funding

28th October 2010

A survey of Scotland’s oldest working theatre has found urgent repairs and maintenance must be carried out to safeguard its future.

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Scottish Minister gives assurances over Byre Theatre's future

28th October 2010

Scotland’s culture minister has given assurance that work will be undertaken to ensure the future of a Fife theatre after it lost its appeal for government funding.

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Shaftesbury Theatre puts finishing touches on £2m renovation

28th October 2010

London’s Shaftesbury Theatre will today unveil its £2 million programme of renovation and refurbishment. Work will be finished in time for tonight’s opening night of Flashdance and includes a major restoration of the Grade II-listed building’s exterior facades and its original Edwardian canopy.

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Event: Keeping Theatres Alive Theatre Restoration in the North - Progress and Problems

28th October 2010

The Frank Matcham Society has arranged a one day seminar at the Wakefield Theatre Royal. Entitled ‘Keeping Theatres Alive: Theatre Restoration in the North – Progress and Problems’. This will be an opportunity to hear leading architects and consultants giving illustrated talks on the successes and challenges faced when setting out to restore theatres to meet the needs and expectations of the 21st century.

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Spending cuts cost Oxford arts venues £105k

28th October 2010

Arts venues in Oxford have lost more than £105,000 after a Government agency cut its budget for the county. The Pegasus Theatre, Oxford Contemporary Music, Oxford Playhouse, Modern Art Oxford and Oxfordshire Theatre Company have all seen their funding slashed after Arts Council England was forced to reduce spending.

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Shadow culture secretary Ivan Lewis says front-loading will be “devastating”

28th October 2010

Shadow culture secretary Ivan Lewis has hit out at the government for front-loading arts cuts, saying it will have a “devastating” effect on cultural organisations.

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Travelex boss pledges £10 million to the National

28th October 2010

Travelex founder Lloyd Dorfman has given £10 million to the National Theatre for its redevelopment project and the Cottesloe Theatre will be renamed in his honour. The £10 million personal gift from Dorfman, who is the chairman of Travelex and sits on the National’s board, will form the “cornerstone” of the theatre’s £70 million fundraising campaign for the NT Future project.

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Lloyd Webber sells four theatres to Michael Grade

28th October 2010

Michael Grade has at last made his West End debut – not by treading the capital’s boards but by taking ownership of them. In his first foray into theatre ownership, and in one of the most high-profile theatre property deals of the last decade, a consortium led by Mr Grade has purchased four central London theatres for £50m from Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group (RUG).

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Theatre Royal in Dumfries seeks urgent repairs funding

28th October 2010

A survey of Scotland’s oldest working theatre has found urgent repairs and maintenance must be carried out to safeguard its future. Councillors are being asked to back a set of improvements at the Theatre Royal in Dumfries costing £225,000.

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