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Blog: Memo to Jeremy Hunt: Hands off the arts budget

13th May 2010

Cutting cultural funding would be a dangerous move, and so far the sums don’t add up. Will the Lib Dems be able to save the Tories from themselves? blogs Michael Billington for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Michael Billington


West Yorkshire Playhouse appoints new board

12th May 2010

Head of Continuing Series for ITV Drama Steve November is one of the new members to join the board of West Yorkshire Playhouse As part of a major restructuring, the 25 existing board members, including Kay Mellor and Professor Richard Boon, retired their positions. The changes are designed to bring a new set of skills to the board.

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Old theatre boards relaid at RSC in Stratford

12th May 2010

Floorboards that were part of the original stage at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre are to be reincorporated into the new theatre. BBC Video & Audio reports

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The Theatres Trust announce first twelve ECOVENUE participants

12th May 2010

The Theatres Trust announces the first twelve venues participating in its European Regional Development Fund backed environmental sustainability project, Ecovenue. Ecovenue aims to make a real difference to the environmental performance of 48 London theatres, leading the way in promoting the reduction of carbon emissions.

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Workington Opera House given a short-term reprieve

12th May 2010

Protesters went to a council meeting yesterday expecting to see plans for a shopping and apartment complex for the site given the thumbs up. But councillors on Allerdale’s development panel decided to visit the building before making their decision.

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Garsington Opera set to move to Wormsley Estate

11th May 2010

Garsington Opera, which has played to audiences at Garsington Manor in Oxfordshire for more than 20 years, has set its sights on Wormsley Estate as its proposed new home. It is currently consulting interested parties in the area before applying for planning permission.

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Wimbledon Council and theatre shortlisted for arts award

10th May 2010

Merton Council, the New Wimbledon Theatre and the Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust have been shortlisted for an award for “raising aspiration through the arts”. The award is part of the Municipal Journal Achievement Awards 2010. It recognises how the public-private partnership brings together local people, organisations and groups who combine facilities, expertise and enthusiasm for the arts to improve cultural opportunities within Merton.

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Hornsea chases regional funds to back theatre centre consent

7th May 2010

Plans for a £5 million arts and business centre in the east coast town of Hornsea have been approved by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The scheme includes a 300-seat auditorium, a conference room, two meeting rooms, three workshop studios, an exhibition area, a cafe and a new shared entrance lobby linking to the existing leisure centre.

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Planners say Workington Opera House should go

7th May 2010

Plans to knock down Workington’s former Opera House are likely to be approved by Allerdale planners at a meeting. The authority’s development panel has been recommended to approve the plans, by building owner Graves (Cumberland) Ltd, when it meets on Tuesday.

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Paul Vick completes school theatre at Brentford School for Girls

7th May 2010

Paul Vick Architects has completed its first public sector building, a studio theatre and sixth form Centre for Brentford School for Girls, which seats approximately 160 people and the construction cost is under £1 million to build. The building provides approximately 345 square metres of accommodation.

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