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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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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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