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Gary Iles to retire from Swansea Grand after 20 years

6th August 2010

Swansea Grand Theatre’s long-serving general manager Gary Iles has announced that he will be taking early retirement this month. Iles has run the south Wales venue since 1989, following periods working in Northampton, Cardiff, Southampton, Bridgend and Porthcawl.

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Vaughn Curtis leaves Georgian Theatre Royal

6th August 2010

Vaughn Curtis has left his position as chief executive of The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, the UK’s oldest working theatre.

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Council drag heels over re-opening of Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre

6th August 2010

South Ayrshire Council has refused to confirm when – or even if – it will hand over the keys to the Gaiety Theatre. And the rescue group wanting to save the building is still locked out – 10 months after clinching the deal to refurbish and run it.

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Liverpool Neptune to open its doors again

5th August 2010

Liverpool’s Neptune Theatre is to re-open five years after it closed. The theatre is to be refurbished to the tune of £700,000 and the council is looking for an operator to manage the venue from next summer.

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Arts funding inquiry will not report until after spending review

5th August 2010

House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Chair John Whittingdale has warned that its inquiry into arts funding will not be complete until after the government’s comprehensive spending review, which will set the main culture budget for the next four years.

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Transformation to preserve past and revitalise future of the Theatre Royal Bath

4th August 2010

The Theatre Royal Bath’s Main House is undergoing its first major refurbishment in nearly 30 years. Over two months it will be transformed before re-opening on September 7 with a production of The Rivals starring Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles, directed by Peter Hall. Productions are continuing to be staged at Theatre Royal’s Ustinov and egg theatres.

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Liverpool's Neptune Theatre revamp to start

3rd August 2010

Work to restore Liverpool’s historic Neptune Theatre is set to begin within weeks, five years after it closed due to health and safety reasons. The project was delayed by a dispute over the leasing arrangement between Liverpool City Council and landlord, Hanover Estate Management Limited. £700,000 pounds will be spent on refurbishing the Grade II listed venue, on Hanover Street in the city centre.

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Liverpool Everyman loses £2.4m funding for redevelopment project

2nd August 2010

Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre has lost out on £2.4 million of capital funding for its redevelopment project after North West Development Agency announced that it is cutting all non-contracted financial support.

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Henley Kenton Theatre’s success comes at a price

2nd August 2010

The Kenton Theatre in Henley has won a campaign to buy the freehold of its historic building. But the trustees will have to take out a private loan after Henley Town Council refused to award a £75,000 grant to make up the shortfall between the £350,000 cost and the amount that has been raised by the Kenton for Keeps campaign.

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Calls for new arts venue in Forest Heath district

2nd August 2010

Concern that north west Suffolk lacks a professional theatre, cinema or arts centre has been raised as part of a cultural consultation. Forest Heath District Council, which covers the towns and villages around Newmarket and Mildenhall, is asking for people’s views on a cultural strategy.

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