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Edinburgh’s revamped Usher Hall opens

26th February 2010

Edinburgh’s Usher Hall has increased its capacity to 2,900 with the opening this week of a new wing, which is part of its £35 million refurbishment. Only the landscaping remains to complete the project to unite the adjacent Royal Lyceum and Traverse theatres into an arts quarter.

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Northcott Theatre in Exeter is put into administration

25th February 2010

The trustees of Exeter’s Northcott Theatre took the decision to place the theatre into administration after being presented with financial information which revealed it to be insolvent. However, Administrator Ian Walker, of Begbies Traynor, said it was his intention to try to ensure Northcott’s spring programme would continue. He added that talks would also be held to try to ensure that a theatre could be maintained in the city.

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Unwanted by its owner and expensive to keep – what next for the Derby Hippodrome?

25th February 2010

A white elephant is how the former Hippodrome theatre was described by a judge hearing the case of the demolition of parts of the Green Lane building. It is a term with various connotations – a possession unwanted by its owner, expensive to keep, elaborate but useless. All of those certainly ring true for its owner, London developer Christopher Anthony.

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Gorleston Theatre Lottery funding hopes

25th February 2010

Repairs and improvements to Gorleston’s Pavilion Theatre need to be tackled before it reaches a crucial tipping point where the rate of decline accelerates, it was warned. Although borough conservation officer Darren Barker said much-needed work on the Grade II listed building was not quite that urgent yet, he was keen to crack on with a lottery bid that would fast-track it out of trouble.

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The future of arts funding will be decided close to home

25th February 2010

Forget the big political debates – the biggest threat to Britain’s theatres comes not from Arts Council rebudgeting, but local council cuts blogs Alistair Smith from The Guardian Theatre blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Alistair Smith


Birmingham, Derry, Norwich and Sheffield vie to become UK City of Culture

24th February 2010

Four cities have made the final shortlist in the running to become the UK’s first City of Culutre – Birmingham, Derry/Londonderry, Norwich and Sheffield. The finalists have been chosen from a list of 14 by an independent judging panel whose recommendations have been accepted by culture secretary Ben Bradshaw.

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Arts face funding cuts of ‘as much as 20%’, warn local authorities

24th February 2010

Local authority leaders have warned that financial support for the arts across the UK is threatened with cuts of as much as 20% from 2011 to 2014. A new report, After the Downturn, which was written by the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, envisages reductions of between 7.5% and 15% in public spending in the 2011-14 spending round.

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Rhyl Little Theatre’s plea for help with vital repairs after lease granted

24th February 2010

Britain’s oldest children’s theatre has issued a plea for public support to get back on track. The Little Theatre in Rhyl has won its battle for a new lease – but faces a race against time to complete urgent repair work. Until last weekend, it had been refused on grounds of health and safety. This led to the theatre taking civil action against the local authority and a three day hearing at Caernarfon Crown Court.

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Finance probe into man who wrecked Derby Hippodrome

24th February 2010

A probe into the finances of the owner of the historic Hippodrome is being carried out before he is sentenced for damaging it. Christopher Anthony yesterday pleaded guilty at Derby Crown Court to ordering work to be carried out to the former theatre. But prosecutors on behalf of Derby City Council accepted that the destruction, which happened on March 28, 2008, had not been caused deliberately by Anthony and was instead a “botched job”.

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Derby Hippodrome owner admits charge over repair work damage

23rd February 2010

The owner of Derby’s derelict Hippodrome theatre has pleaded guilty to carrying out work on the building without the right permission. Developer Christopher Anthony, of Bishops Stortford, ordered work on the Grade II listed building two years ago which led to it being damaged. But the judge at Derby Crown Court agreed Mr Anthony did not cause the damage for financial gain. Sentencing will take place sometime in April at Stoke Crown Court.

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