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Culture Media and Sport Written Answers to: Theatres Repairs and Maintenance

6th September 2010

Richard Fuller (Bedford, Conservative) asked the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much funding the (a) Heritage Fund and (b) Arts Council England has allocated for the (i) construction of new theatres and (ii) refurbishment of existing theatres in each of the last 10 years.

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Cheltenham theatre adds booking fee due to grant cuts

6th September 2010

Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre is adding a £1 booking fee to the cost of tickets in anticipation of expected grant cuts. The fee, effectively an increase in seat prices, will come in on 17 January 2011 and applies to most shows.

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Fire-damaged theatre in Long Eaton reopens

4th September 2010

A Derbyshire theatre that was gutted by fire back in 2003 has officially reopened after being rebuilt. The venue, once an old Methodist church, has a new stage and auditorium, as well as space for regular coffee mornings. Work cost £250,000.

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Oxford's Pegasus Theatre reopens after £7m revamp

4th September 2010

A theatre in Oxford has reopened after a multi-million pound revamp. Work on the Pegasus Theatre, home to the Oxford Youth Theatre group, started in January 2009 and has finished on time and within its £7m budget. The revamp has seen a host of new facilities created, including a rehearsal studio and bar. A series of special performances, events and workshops will take place over the next week to celebrate the completion of the project.

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Artistic team leaves Glasgow Citizens

3rd September 2010

The Citizens Theatre in Glasgow has parted company with its joint artistic directors, Jeremy Raison and Guy Hollands, as its board of management considers an organisational review.

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Last ditch attempt to save Gwent Theatre

3rd September 2010

A South Wales theatre group plans a public campaign to save itself from closure after being refused an appeal against the loss of £250,000 funding. Gwent Theatre says unless there’s a sudden change of heart by the Arts Council of Wales (ACW) it’ll start issuing redundancy notices this month.

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Abergavenny's Gwent theatre to close with loss of 40 jobs

3rd September 2010

Gwent Theatre in Abergavenny will close in December with the loss of around 40 jobs, after a last-ditch appeal to save it failed. The Arts Council of Wales upheld its decision to withdraw funding. Gwent Theatre’s chairman, Gregg Taylor, said the decision to ‘destroy’ the company will have a devastating effect on present and new generations of actors, writers and designers in Gwent.

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Behind the scenes at the Belgrade Theatre

3rd September 2010

BBC Blast Introducing – By Hayley Edwards and Stephen Kerr, Blast reporters for BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

As part of our last day, Hannah organised for us to have a personal tour around the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. Led by Lucy Dwyer, we were shown backstage and into many of the parts of the theatre an audience would not usually see.

The Belgrade Theatre was the first theatre to be built in the UK after World War Two, opening in 1958. It has been through some development and recently opened a smaller adjoining theatre known as The B2. The main stage auditorium seats around 850 people and despite its size, still retains its intimacy. The wood in the ceiling was donated from Belgrade as a post war peace offering. And did you know that a huge tank of water covers the stage? If any fires start during a performance, the tank automatically opens to extinguish the flames.

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Southsea's Kings Theatre hosts first wedding

3rd September 2010

Shuri and Daryl Morgan-Radford will be the first couple to marry in Southsea’s Kings Theatre. The couple will take their vows on centre stage with a starlit backdrop and their guests in the auditorium. Shuri said: “We had the idea of having the reception at the theatre, then we thought wouldn’t it be fabulous to have the wedding on the stage?”.

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New sponsorship scheme takes centre stage at Cheltenham theatre

2nd September 2010

Theatre lovers John and Hazel Watkins have found an innovative way to mark a marriage milestone. The couple’s 25th anniversary is taking centre stage with a plaque bearing their names adorning a seat in Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre. They are the first people to join a new sponsorship scheme launched by the venue to help raise vital funds towards its £3 million refurbishment.

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