The Theatres Trust

Stage set for Valleys Parc Hall's final act

6th October 2010

It has stood at the heart of a community since it was gifted by a mining magnate to his workers more than a century ago. But a Valleys theatre is on the verge of closing down after struggling to attract people through its doors.

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Call for ideas to save Theatr Harlech from closure

6th October 2010

A public meeting to provide information about the future of closure-threatened Theatr Harlech will be held this month. Harlech regeneration group, Harlech a’r Cylch, called for the meeting after months of uncertainty following the Arts Council’s withdrawal of £72,000 funding from the theatre.

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Scarborough's Futurist theatre plans announced

5th October 2010

Plans for the future of a 90-year-old theatre in Scarborough are being considered. The building is in need of repair and the borough council set up a task group to discuss its future. Proposals for a trust to run the building are to be considered by Scarborough Borough Council on Friday. The council bought the theatre in 1985

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Applause from firms as repairs to Hippodrome get under way

5th October 2010

The first part of a five-week programme of repair work to the former Hippodrome theatre in Derby has begun. Work will include removing loose debris and repairing and strapping masonry on the Macklin Street facade, which is expected to cost around £40,000.

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Blog: You don’t prune a tree by cutting at its roots

5th October 2010

“The idea that you can cut a £180bn deficit by slicing money out of the budget of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport is frankly absurd.” The words of an arts bureaucrat, theatre director, artist or writer with a special case to plead? No: Nick Clegg’s, in the election campaign blogs Nick Serota for the Tate’s blog.

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Blog: Snooze and you lose - the dangers of falling asleep at the theatre

5th October 2010

There can’t be many theatregoers who haven’t slumbered in the stalls. But what if a show consciously sends its audience to sleep? blogs Matt Trueman for The Guardian.

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Dumfries Theatre Royal seeks funding support for roof repairs

4th October 2010

The Guild of Players at the Theatre Royal in Dumfries need £30,000 to carry out roof repairs and improve heating. They have applied to Dumfries and Galloway Council, which will meet later this week to discuss the bid.

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Leicester's Curve theatre braced for 'substantial' cut in funds

4th October 2010

The city’s Curve theatre is facing substantial funding cuts in the next two years. The county council plans to withdraw its grant next year and the city council is looking to reduce its annual funding package in 2012. In addition, Arts Council England, which funds the bulk of Curve’s activities, will be hit by the Government’s comprehensive spending review later this month. It is widely believed the impact of these cuts will lead to a reduction of at least ten per cent in their funding to Curve over the next few years.

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New eco-town in Bicester could include a theatre

1st October 2010

People in north Oxfordshire have their last chance today to have their say on plans for a new eco-town in Bicester. One of the ideas is for a “green cemetery” with space for woodland burials and quiet recreation. A new theatre has also been suggested.

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Future of the Spa Pavilion Theatre in Felixstowe is to be looked at by councillors

1st October 2010

A consultant will be brought in to consider options for the 905-seat Spa Pavilion, if the plan is backed by Suffolk Coastal District Council next week. A council report says the number of people attending shows dropped from 47,644 in 2007 to 35,662 in 2009. The firm which runs the venue for the council has made a loss over the past two years, says the report.

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