The Theatres Trust

Action call to save Burnley's last Victorian theatre

16th July 2010

Urgent action should be taken to safeguard the future of Burnley’s last remaining Victorian theatre, say campaigners. An estimated £15million could be needed to bring the Burnley Empire, off St James Street and Cow Lane, back to life.

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We all want to see the Ayr Gaiety curtain rise again

16th July 2010

People are getting behind the bid to reopen Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre. And bumper cheques have come in from ladies in Symington and men in Girvan. Gaiety Partnership chairman Iain Brown thanked both groups.

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Record year, says Society of London Theatre report, but subsidised theatre posts fall in revenue

15th July 2010

Figures released by the Society of London Theatre have revealed that while 2009 was a record year for the commercial West End, attendances and revenue in the major subsidised London theatres fell.

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Gwent Theatre challenges ACW cuts

15th July 2010

Gwent Theatre is challenging Arts Council Wales over the reasons behind its decision to withdraw funding, saying the cut would “almost certainly spell the end” for the venue.

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From bold to beige - is new look Belfast Opera House too bland?

15th July 2010

From big, bright and bold to beige – Belfast’s Grand Opera House has had a makeover. The brightly-coloured extension in red, blue and copper is now cream – to fit in with the rest of the building. Chief executive at the Opera House, Michael Ockwell, has defended his choice of beige.

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Event: Chance to go behind the scenes at Liverpool’s Everyman theatre

15th July 2010

Members of the public are being invited to take backstage tours of the Everyman theatre in Liverpool. The free tours and drop-in sessions will run once a week until September 3.

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Pensioner leaves £20,000 to the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre

15th July 2010

Money left by a wealthy widow, who died in 2008, is to help fund the refurbishment of Cheltenham’s Everyman theatre. Barbara Clarke left £700,000 to be split between good causes at the discretion of her trustees. For the past two years, they have been hunting for charities close to her heart.

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Arts funding cuts 'to threaten more theatres'

14th July 2010

The number of theatres at risk of demolition could grow in the next year due to funding cuts, a report warns. The Theatres Trust latest “at risk” register highlights 55 buildings facing an uncertain future, with cuts seen as a major area of concern. Buildings in Wallsend, Derby and Workington are under immediate threat from demolition. The trust’s Rob Dickins said: “We cannot lose our theatre heritage in this way.”

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Kilburn's Gaumont State reopens as church

14th July 2010

The Gaumont State, in Kilburn High Road, was taken over by the Ruach Inspirational Church of God in 2009 after a massive campaign to protect the historical character and design of the building. Around 100 guests attended the opening civic ceremony, on Saturday morning, to unveil the new church.

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Noises off: The hidden cost of recession in the theatre

14th July 2010

The culture secretary wants the arts to be funded by private donations and corporate sponsors. But even free money comes at a price blogs Chris Wilkinson for The Guardian.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Chris Wilkinson


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