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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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Derby Hippodrome owner pleads guilty to demolishing roof

23rd February 2010

The owner of Derby’s Hippodrome theatre has pleaded guilty to demolishing part of its roof during work on the Grade II-listed building two years ago. The admission was made at Derby Crown Court today as Derby City Council accused London developer Christopher Anthony of carrying out unauthorised work to the building in Green Lane which led to the collapse of its flat roof.

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New Diorama to open as purpose-built fringe venue in central London

23rd February 2010

Central London is to be home to a new purpose-built performance space with the opening of the New Diorama Theatre near Euston, which will form part of a £250 million re-development of the area by property developers British Land. The 80-seat, black box venue will be home to the Quicksilver Theatre company

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Theatre Royal Newcastle plans major restoration

23rd February 2010

Newcastle’s Theatre Royal has unveiled detailed plans for a £4.75 million restoration of the venue’s Frank Matcham-designed auditorium, which will reopen in time for the site’s 175th birthday in 2012. The renovation project, which is being funded in large part by a £1.75 restoration levy on tickets, will see the auditorium fitted with new seating, as well as improved lighting and ventilation systems.

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Corby Cube to house sister theatre to Royal and Derngate

23rd February 2010

Northamptonshire’s newest theatre is due to open in October and will work under the same parent company as the Royal and Derngate in Northampton. The new venue, which has not been named yet, will be based in the £31 million Corby Cube development.

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Thornton Little Theatre set for £220,000 revamp

22nd February 2010

The Lancashire Thornton Little Theatre is set to get a £220,000 refurbishment and become the national headquarters for a children’s acting school. Building work includes making a new entrance, foyer and multi-use function room. Building work will start on 1 March. The Paul Nicholas School of Acting will move into the venue.

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