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ACE grants Leicester’s Curve more than £1m from Sustain

9th February 2010

Leicester Curve is the first theatre to be awarded more than £1 million from Art Council England’s recession fighting fund Sustain. The £60 million, new-build venue, which opened less than 18 months ago and came in significantly over budget, is one of only three arts organisations to have received more than £1 million across the seven rounds of Sustain funding so far, alongside visual arts venues the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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Public Consultation for proposed new theatre in Finsbury Park

8th February 2010

Two public consultations will be held on Saturday 13th February 2pm-6pm and Monday 15th February 6pm-8pm at 11 Clifton Terrace, concerning proposals to convert and extend the office building previously occupied by Sense into a new cultural building for Finsbury Park. The building will contain a 200 seat theatre, a studio theatre half that size, an interval bar and a foyer, rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms and a small office.

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The Globe Stockton moves one step closer as planning is passed

8th February 2010

The first step in an ambitious vision to bring back The Globe Theatre has been achieved after Stockton Borough Council passed multimillion pound development plans submitted by property developer, Jomast. The decision marks the beginning of a strategic joint partnership between Jomast and Stockton Borough Council.

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Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom suffers partial ceiling collapse

8th February 2010

Future events at Blackpool’s historic Empress Ballroom could be in doubt after part of its ceiling collapsed. Winter Gardens bosses called off a concert by indie band Enter Shikari last weekend when pieces of plaster from the room’s ornate ceiling fell to the ballroom floor during a soundcheck.

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Council considers future of Marina Theatre in Lowestoft

7th February 2010

The future of an historic theatre in Suffolk is being looked at by councillors next week. The Marina Theatre in Lowestoft – which was built in the 1870s – is run by Waveney District Council which saved it from demolition in 1985. But the council is concerned that the theatre’s finances pose a “serious risk” to the council’s budget.

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Final Hackney Empire show signals nine-month closure

7th February 2010

London’s flagship variety theatre, the Hackney Empire, has staged its last show before it closes for at least nine months, following financial problems. More than 150 youngsters aged between five and 18 took part in the Anna Fiorentini Theatre and Film School variety show on Sunday 7th February.

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Highland Council unveils £12m spending cuts partly on leisure

5th February 2010

Councilors in the Highlands are being asked to vote for a package of cuts worth £12m in the next financial year. Finance chiefs have also warned that the savings will have to be much more severe in the years to come. In subsequent years, grants to Inverness Leisure, who run the city’s acquadome, the Eden Court Theatre and a range of Gaelic organisations will be cut.

The authority has also unveiled plans for so-called Citizen Panels, to be made up of 2,000 members of the public, who will act as “sounding boards” on a range of issues, including spending plans. Councillor David Alston described the budget situation facing the authority as “extreme”.

Source: BBC News


Plymouth School has new outdoor theatre

5th February 2010

Children at Hyde Park Infant School have plenty to make a song and dance about – after unveiling their new outdoor theatre. The wooden theatre, which boasts colourful sails, was the brainchild of the infants who also helped to design it and raise funds for its construction. The theatre was officially opened by Nick White from the Theatre Royal and Richard Marsh from Barefoot.

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Super Shed: Buschow Henley's Junction Arts and Civic Centre

4th February 2010

[PHOTOS+PLANS+DETAILS] Buschow Henley’s Junction Arts and Civic Centre in Goole offers a fresh perspective on the humble English shed, writes Geoff Shearcroft

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Noises off: Is theatre dead?

4th February 2010

The blogging debate this week: if technology really has killed theatre, it’s up to you to save it blogs Chris Wilkinson for The Guardian Theatre blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Chris Wilkinson


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