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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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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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