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Short-term relief as Arts Council England cushions cuts

24th June 2010

Leading industry figures have welcomed Arts Council England’s decision to cushion frontline arts organisations from the impact of the in-year cuts it has been asked to make by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. ACE’s regularly funded organisations will have to make only 0.5% of cuts to their 2010/11 budgets, amounting to an average of around £2,000 each.

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Tim Ronalds Architects’ performing arts centre, Sevenoaks School, Kent

24th June 2010

Tim Ronalds Architects’ performing arts centre for Sevenoaks School in Kent is a tough, unyielding and tactile development, with acoustic design that is totally integrated with the architecture, writes Felix Mara for Architects Journal.

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Demolition work starts on Nelson's Palace Theatre

24th June 2010

Demolition work began this week on the Palace Theatre in Leeds Road, which has been bought by Pendle Council and will be replaced by a car park. Some residents felt the building should be saved and restored, but Pendle Council was given government approval to demolish it

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Can sports cars make theatres more comfortable?

22nd June 2010

What is the most important thing when you go to the theatre? The acting? The direction? The drama? Or the seats and how comfortable they are? Arts Editor Will Gompertz visits the Royal Shakespeare Company, which has commissioned an Italian design company to make seats as part of a refurbishment of its theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and speaks with RSC’s Peter Wilson on a BBC Radio 4’s Today show. Note: includes sound.

Source: BBC Radio 4 TODAY - Will Gompertz


Topping out stage for Canterbury's new Marlowe Theatre

22nd June 2010

A topping out ceremony has been held in the latest stage of the £25.6m redevelopment of a Kent theatre. The event marked the ceremonial placing of the top brick on the highest point of the Marlowe Theatre, in Canterbury. The new theatre will boast a 1,200-seat auditorium and be able to host major touring shows when it opens in the autumn of next year.

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Cork Opera House to go dark for three months

22nd June 2010

One of Ireland’s largest theatres, the 1,000-seat Cork Opera House, is to close for three months as part of a cost-cutting survival plan. The theatre’s 31 full-time staff have also been told by the board that pay cuts and redundancies may also be necessary. The announcement that the theatre will go dark from July 4 to September 29 comes almost exactly a year after completion of a €2 million revamp, financed through capital grants from the Department of Arts, Cork City Council and fund-raising.

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DCMS faces 25% budget cut

22nd June 2010

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport could face cuts of 25% over the next four years, it was revealed in Chancellor George Osborne’s first budget today. Final departmental budgets will be set in the spending review, due on October 20. Osborne announced that departmental spending will be reduced by £17 billion more than expected by 2014-15 because, he said, “the structural deficit is worse than we were told”.

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Blog: Arts funding threats mean it's time to pull together

22nd June 2010

Last week’s funding cuts may have seemed like a reprieve, but the arts community must be prepared for more to come blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian Theatre blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Lyn Gardner


Streatham's South London Theatre needs cash for survival

22nd June 2010

The South London Theatre (SLT), based in a Victorian fire station in Norwood High Street, needs to raise £1m to carry out the renovations necessary to guarantee its survival. Fears exist at SLT that rising insurance premiums based on the work the theatre needs could force it shut within a few years if funding is not secured. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is due to visit the theatre to decide if it could be the solution.

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Blog: Rave reviews for recycled theatre

22nd June 2010

As arts projects struggle to fill the funding gap, creative spirits are finding innovative new ways to build theatres blogs Nosheen Iqbal for The Guardian Theatre blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Nosheen Iqbal


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