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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


Theatre buildings at risk register 2010 highlights local campaigns to save theatres

14th July 2010

The Theatres Trust’s 2010 Theatre Buildings at Risk register (TBAR), published today, reveals how the recession in 2009 has impacted on theatres across the UK - stalling plans to save theatres and placing more theatres under threat of demolition.

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Council repossesses Stratford Rex

13th July 2010

Newham’s Stratford Rex, which opened in 1896 as the Borough Theatre and Opera House, has been reclaimed by Newham Council after tenants, who were using the building as a nightclub, failed to pay a year’s rent totalling £40,000 and £130,000 in business rates over a two-year period. The local authority is now exploring future uses for the building.

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Nica Burns calls for more recognition of West End’s business contribution

13th July 2010

Society of London Theatre president Nica Burns has called on local and central government to greater recognise the business acumen behind the ongoing success of the West End.

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ACE warns funded organisations to plan for 10% cuts in 2011

13th July 2010

Arts Council England chief executive Alan Davey has written to all regularly funded organisations telling them to prepare for at least a 10% reduction in their subsidy next year.

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