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Bat survey will delay decision on future of Workington Opera House

15th September 2010

Workington’s demolition-threatened Opera House building has been granted a stay of execution after councillors ordered a survey of bats in the building. Graves (Cumberland) Ltd, which owns the site, wants to knock it down, along with three adjoining shops, to build an apartment and shopping complex. But there has been mass opposition to the proposals.

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Arts must continue outreach work despite budget cuts, says Hunt

15th September 2010

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has told theatres that they must resist axing their education and outreach programmes, despite the cuts to arts funding which are expected this autumn. Speaking at the Media Festival Arts event at the Roundhouse in London, Hunt said that he wanted the arts sector to move away from ‘tick box’ targets based around ethnic and social data to using digital media to promote wider access.

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Curtain up on bid to expand Blackburn Thwaites Empire

14th September 2010

Blackburn’s Thwaites Empire Theatre is putting together an ambitious bid to double the size of its performing arts centre. The Ewood-based theatre is to ask the National Lottery Fund for half a million pounds for a scheme which would see a state-of the-art recording studio, a cafe and a second floor added to the Capita Performing Arts Centre.

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Liverpool’s Royal Court theatre celebrates Heritage Lottery Fund award

13th September 2010

Liverpool’s Royal Court theatre has won the first stage in a heritage lottery grant towards its redevelopment. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) confirmed the award this week. Around £116,200 will be handed to the Roe Street theatre to complete its formal planning application and process.

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Warning of chaos for Scottish arts amid confusion about funding

13th September 2010

The arts in Scotland are in danger of sliding into “inexcusable chaos” because of confusion over the role and responsibilities of the new national funding body Creative Scotland, it has been claimed. In a stinging attack, Kenneth Roy, founder and editor of the Scottish Review, said the current lack of detail concerning Creative Scotland could potentially be disastrous for the arts.

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Stylish reopening for Bath Theatre Royal

12th September 2010

The Theatre Royal reopened last week, on time and within budget (approximately £3.65million) after a two month closure for renovations.

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Committee to be set up to develop theatre plans in Thornbury

12th September 2010

A committee is to be set up in Thornbury to help further the town’s ambition of a multi-million pound theatre development. At a meeting of the Armstrong Hall Charitable Trust last week members said they were ready to formalise a partnership with Arts and Community in Thornbury (ACT).

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Derby Hippodrome owner 'can't afford to fight' decision to turn down plans for ex-theatre

11th September 2010

The owner of Derby’s Hippodrome says he does not think he can afford to fight a decision to turn down his plans to convert the Grade II-listed building into a multi-storey car park. Christopher Anthony was refused permission by Derby City Council’s planning committee in July after every member spoke out against the idea.

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Williamson says the Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall must be saved

11th September 2010

Former EastEnder Shaun Williamson has waded into the row over the threat to the Assembly Hall Theatre, branding its possible closure “cultural vandalism”. The actor is the star name in this year’s pantomime at the theatre but he was left gob-smacked when he was told of the question mark which hangs over the venue.

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RSC Stratford-upon-Avon re-opens

10th September 2010

The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced that the new Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres will re-open on the 24th November, following its highly-publicised four-year redevelopment project. Visiting groups are invited to rediscover and explore the new building, which features a 1,000-seat thrust stage auditorium, a 36-metre-high viewing tower, new exhibition spaces, and food outlets including the Rooftop Restaurant and Riverside Cafe.

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