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Campaign aims to save Moray landmark The Red Shoes Theatre

16th August 2010

Moray actors and musicians have launched an online campaign in an attempt to save an Elgin theatre, famous for hosting an early Beatles gig. The Red Shoes Theatre closed last month. It is understood the closure was due to financial troubles. The theatre, in South College Street, has been described as “something Elgin needed”. Now a campaign on social networking site Facebook has been launched. The page, which has about 150 members, says: “We need to do something about this.

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The Wellingborough Castle Theatre foyer and bar get a facelift

13th August 2010

The bar and foyer at The Castle theatre in Wellingborough is being refurbished thanks to cash raised by the theatre’s Friends group. The theatre’s bar and food service will be closed until Thursday next week while the work is carried out. During this time the box office will remain open so people can still come in to buy tickets for shows and the bar will re-open for business at 10am next Friday.

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Fight goes on for the Theatre Royal in Barry

13th August 2010

Campaigners have been urged to continue their fight for a cinema in Barry, despite losing their battle to re-open the town’s historic Theatre Royal. The Theatre Royal cinema, which was the only one in the Vale of Glamorgan, closed two years ago and was recently put on an “At Risk” register by the Theatres Trust.

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Bid for new Finsbury Park theatre in London

12th August 2010

The Finsbury Park area could receive a cultural boost if plans for a new theatre get the go-ahead from Islington Council. Artistic director Jez Bond has been searching for more than four years for the perfect venue to open the Park Theatre. And having discovered a disused office building in Clifton Terrace – a stone’s throw from busy Finsbury Park station – he submitted a planning application to Islington Council last week to open the venue.

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A good economist knows the true value of the arts

11th August 2010

Activities that are good in themselves are good for the economy, and activities that are bad in themselves are bad for the economy. The only intelligible meaning of “benefit to the economy” is the contribution – direct or indirect – the activity makes to the welfare of ordinary citizens.

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Stoke-'s Mitchell Memorial Theatre revamp project given extra extension

11th August 2010

A theatre currently undergoing a £4m revamp is to be given an extra boost with a new extension and balcony. Council chiefs in Stoke-on-Trent voted to add on the glass-fronted extension and balcony to the existing plans for a café at the Mitchell Memorial Youth Arts Theatre after a budget under spend.

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Art Asia claims it has been sidelined from Southampton arts complex

10th August 2010

A Southampton arts organisation is claiming that its position in the city’s new multi-million pound culture complex is under threat, despite spending ten years helping to develop the project. Art Asia, which showcases South Asian theatre, dance and music and organises Southampton’s annual Mela festival, says that its position as an anchor tenant in the flagship arts complex is in jeopardy despite it being a founding partner. It has now launched a campaign to be re-instated.

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No encore for London's Mermaid Theatre

10th August 2010

London’s Mermaid Theatre, which recently hosted BBC Radio 2’s celebration of Les Miserables’ 25th anniversary, is set to be demolished to make way for a new hotel in the City with no hope of the £6 million compensation previously discussed.

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Book: New book chronicling history of Swansea theatre

10th August 2010

It was where Catherine Zeta-Jones appeared in some of her first stage performances and a young Richard Burton acted alongside future Carry On star Kenneth Williams. Now a book billed by publishers as the “first definitive history” of Swansea’s Grand Theatre is about to hit the bookshops.

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Makeover for Exeter Bike Shed theatre

10th August 2010

Exeter’s newest venue, The Bike Shed Theatre, is planning to expand. The theatre in Mary Arches Street, which opened in February, has since established itself as a venue for theatre, dance, comedy and music, hosting the first Exeter Fringe Festival in June.

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