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Theatr Colwyn fundraising show

22nd July 2010

A community has clubbed together to organise a variety show to raise funds for a Victorian theatre. The show at Theatr Colwyn has been organised to help regenerate the venue while giving performers a chance to appear on stage for the first time.

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Support grows for Gwent Theatre

22nd July 2010

Fans from as far afield as the United States and Hong Kong are protesting at the Arts Council of Wales’ decision to axe all of its funding of Gwent Theatre as from March 2011. The Monmouthshire arts community have been rocked by the news that three leading organisations have lost their funding from The Arts Council of Wales.

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The arts cannot survive on rich backers alone

22nd July 2010

There’s a new idea in Torytown: it’s called Philanthro-capitalism. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt prefers private giving to Arts Council grants, and proposes a 50 per cent cut at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Evening Standard City Editor Chris Blackhurst asks: “Why should the arts be spared the worst?” Well, for two reasons: the arts are cheap, and they’re profitable comments actor and director Samuel West.

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Theatres Trust report calls for better designed theatres and performing arts spaces in schools

22nd July 2010

As MPs debate the Academies Bill this week, The Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, publishes a report highlighting the need to improve the quality of theatres and performing arts facilities in schools.

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Devon slashes arts budget

21st July 2010

Devon County Council has cut its culture budget by almost a quarter for 2010/11. Council funds for arts investment and culture projects have dropped from £691,900 in 2009/10 to £530,000 this year – a reduction of 23.4%.

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Half DCMS staff could lose their jobs

21st July 2010

Half the staff working at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport could lose their jobs under the cuts programme submitted by Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt to the Treasury, it was reported today.

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Ambitious plan for £2m events centre – the biggest straw-built building in Europe

21st July 2010

Ambitious plans for a £2 million events centre could bring vital new business and revenue to an East Riding town, it has been claimed. The new community venue, earmarked for Driffield Showground, would feature a 1,200-seat theatre and help attract more events to the area.

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Leisure centre including a new theatre in Northamptonshire shelved over funding

21st July 2010

Work on a £13m leisure centre in Northamptonshire has been been postponed over concerns about cuts in public spending.

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How are Southern theatres faring in the economic slump?

21st July 2010

With less money in everyone’s pockets, are fewer people going to the theatre? Reporter Kim Briscoe spoke to venues about how they are weathering the slump in the economy and if on-going funding worries are being passed on to them. A trip to the theatre is a pleasant night out during which you can forget your worries and troubles, but are audiences still turning out for shows now that money is tighter for most people?

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Southend Cliffs Pavilion to close for seven-week summer refurbishment

20th July 2010

Southend’s Cliffs Pavilion Theatre is to close for seven weeks this summer for a refurbishment that will see all seating in the 1,630-capacity venue replaced.

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