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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


Tate chief to replace Pulford at SOLT/TMA

21st June 2010

Julian Bird, currently Tate chief operating officer, has been appointed to succeed Richard Pulford as chief executive of the Society of London Theatre and the Theatrical Management Association.

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School gains cast-iron support

21st June 2010

The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School has launched a fundraising campaign with the help of one of its former students – Oscar- winning actor Jeremy Irons. The theatre school is hoping to raise £700,000 to complete building work on its Downside Road site in Clifton and Mr Irons hosted a gala event at the Theatre Royal to kick the campaign off.

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ITEAC 2010 a Major Success

21st June 2010

Held at the Central Hall, Westminster 12-15 June, the International Theatre 2010 Engineering and Architecture Conference attracted a total of 420 delegates and speakers. There were 220 from the UK, 56 from the USA and 22 from Australia, 19 from the Netherlands, 15 from Canada and 19 from Germany plus many groups from other countries including eight from Greece, seven from Sweden and six from Singapore. Delegates represented 31 countries, confirming the international aspect of the event.

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