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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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theartsdesk Q&A: Dominic Dromgoole

22nd May 2010

The Globe’s artistic director Dominic Dromgoole talks to theartsdesk about various passions and pursuits, Bardic and otherwise.

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London fringe’s Old Red Lion to launch sister venue

21st May 2010

London fringe venue the Old Red Lion is to launch a new venue, the New Red Lion, in autumn this year under the same artistic team. It will seat up to 80 and be based in what is currently Offside Bar on City Road. It will be programmed alongside the Old Red Lion.

Source: The Stage What’s On Stage Old Red Lion Theatre


Exeter theatre facing final curtain saved by university

21st May 2010

An Exeter theatre has been saved from closure after being bought by the University of Exeter. The university stepped in after the Exeter Northcott was placed into administration in February.

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Andrew Dixon outlines Creative Scotland’s new approach

20th May 2010

Andrew Dixon, the recently appointed chief executive of Creative Scotland, has promised that the organisation will look at Scotland differently from the way cultural agencies have done in the past. Speaking to an international audience in Edinburgh a week after taking up the post he signalled a semantic change from a “funding” culture to an “investing” culture within the new organisation, which will be directed at places as well as at sectors.

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£717,000 boost for Buxton New Mills arts centre

20th May 2010

A versatile arts complex is to be created in New Mills after a project was awarded £717,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The St James the Less Preservation Trust, which has been working on the project for five years, will use the funding to purchase, restore and convert the Grade II listed church of St James the Less, on Spring Bank.

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Belfast's Lyric lays solid foundation

20th May 2010

As Belfast’s iconic Lyric Theatre continues its run of plays in its temporary home at the Elmwood Hall, a major milestone has (literally – given the literary inscription) been passed. The laying of the original Lyric Theatre’s foundation stone in the new theatre, (also being built on the original Ridgeway Street location) has taken place.

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Curtain rises on Oxford Pegasus theatre's £7.4m revamp

20th May 2010

Work on a £7.4m revamp of East Oxford’s Pegasus Theatre has now been completed, with the Magdalen Road venue looking to re-open on September 4. New facilities include a state of the art dance studio, complete with sprung floor, floor to ceiling mirrors and a ballet barre, a large workshop which links directly to the stage, dressing rooms, café, new foyer and box office area, and offices above.

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Davey demands ‘rational arguments’ for arts funding

19th May 2010

Arts Council England chief executive Alan Davey has called on the cultural sector to help it make a “rational” argument to government about the importance of funding for the arts, in order to avoid heavy cuts in this autumn’s spending review.

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Jeremy Hunt warns arts leaders of “tough” times ahead

19th May 2010

New culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned the arts sector that it must be prepared to accept its “share of the pain” come the Comprehensive Spending Review this autumn. Hunt today unveiled proposals to redirect an extra £50 million a year from the Lottery to the arts sector, but warned that in the short term this extra cash might not outweigh cuts made to exchequer funding.

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