The Theatres Trust

Cornwall’s Acorn Arts Centre to close

25th May 2010

Cornwall’s Acorn Arts Centre has become the latest venue in the south west to announce its closure and will shut in August. The decision has raised concerns that it will leave only one year-round professional theatre venue in the county.

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Theatre Royal Brighton named most welcoming theatre

25th May 2010

Theatre Royal Brighton (TRB) has been named Most Welcoming Theatre at the Theatrical Management Association’s Theatre and Management Awards.

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Talk: Nineteenth Century Theatreland

25th May 2010

Discover the impact of The Theatres Act, the rise of the Music Hall, developments in gas and electric lighting, and the ingenuity of theatre architects. An illustrated talk by The Theatres Trust to support Westminster Archive’s ‘West End Theatre in the 19th Century’ exhibition (26 May – 27 June) at the National Theatre.

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BDP to refurbish historic Manchester Town Hall

25th May 2010

Building Design Partnership (BDP), the UK-based international architectural firm, has been selected to undertake a three-year redevelopment scheme of Manchester Town Hall complex in Manchester, UK.

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DCMS told to make £88m of savings by Treasury

24th May 2010

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has been asked to make £88 million of savings as part of Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s plans for £6.2 billion of in-year cuts for 2010/11.

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Better times waiting in the wings for Shanklin theatre

24th May 2010

Shanklin Theatre, which was thrown a lifeline by Shanklin Town Council, is not expected to make a loss this summer. Updating town councillors at a meeting last week, Cllr Chris Quirk said the theatre, now a Grade II listed building, faced a busy summer season of shows and plays. He said: “We envisage the theatre will trade over the summer season certainly not at a loss.”

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Royal Opera House North seen as victim of coalition cutbacks

24th May 2010

Plans to create a northern base for the Royal Opera House in Manchester now look increasingly unlikely to come to fruition. As the coalition government looks to cut £6bn from public spending, the London-based cultural institution admitted the project had slipped off the radar.

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Kenton Theatre has 10 weeks to secure future

24th May 2010

With just 10 weeks to go to raise the remaining £230,000 needed to buy the freehold of the Kenton Theatre, supporters are rallying round with a series of fund-raising events. So far, £120,000 of the £350,000 needed has been raised to secure the freehold of the theatre before the end of July. The deadline was set in January when the Henley Municipal Charities agreed to sell its stake in the venue.

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Race to save Peterborough's Cresset Theatre

24th May 2010

A campaign has begun to save the Cresset Theatre in Peterborough, which is due to close next month. Time is running out for the venue, which lost £150,000 last year. Now campaigners are calling on the council to save it.

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Exeter Northcott loan not chased by council

23rd May 2010

Officers at Exeter City Council did not make formal efforts to recover a £160,000 loan from a troubled theatre, the authority has revealed. The city council maintains that despite the Northcott falling behind in its scheduled repayments of the loan, it never formally pursued the debt. Following Freedom of Information requests, despite the council being the theatre’s largest single creditor, the Echo has discovered the authority has no record of written correspondence with the theatre or its board over the past 12 months.

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