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Stag theatre 25-year lease agreed

30th December 2009

A 25-year lease has been signed to secure the future of an arts venue in Kent which previously closed because of financial problems. The Stag theatre and cinema in Sevenoaks has been transferred to the town council under a long-term deal.

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Barbican records 13% increase in attendance for 2008/9

29th December 2009

The Barbican Centre has announced that 2008/9 was a record year for the arts venue with overall attendance up by 13% on the previous year. According to the centre, its ticket sales now number around 1.2 million annually and 2008/9 saw a particular increase in cinema and art gallery attendance.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber beaten in annual theatre power list

29th December 2009

Ambassador Theatre owners Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire have beaten music impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber to the top slot of a theatre power list. The husband and wife team topped the poll for the first time, following their £90 million purchase of Live Nation’s UK theatres.

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Nottingham University's New Theatre is 40-years-old

29th December 2009

The only student-run theatre in England is celebrating 40 years of productions with a new short film. New Theatre, at the University of Nottingham, has been a platform for thousands of talented performers, directors and crew members since 1969. It is self-financed, produces up to 20 shows a year, has more than 1,000 members. More than 5,000 tickets were sold for shows at the venue last year.

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Councillors speak of delight at demolition of Ayr's Civic Theatre

25th December 2009

The Ayr Civic Theatre will be demolished – and councillors are delighted to see the back of it. That was the surprise message from members who voted to raze the iconic building to the ground. South Ayrshire Council will splash out more than £100,000 to send in the heavy artillery and they’ll spend another £18,000 on landscaping the site while a decision is made on what to do next.

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Competition Commission approves Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger

23rd December 2009

The Competition Commission has cleared the way for the controversial merger between multi-national concert promoter Live Nation and ticketing giant Ticketmaster. The surprise move reverses the regulator’s initial opposition to the union between the two global brands over concerns that it would limit customer choice and lead to rising costs.

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Government rejects £150m Lancaster plans

23rd December 2009

Communities secretary John Denham has refused planning consent for a £150m mixed-use redevelopment of Lancaster’s Canal Corridor North, following a public inquiry due to concerns about the evidence for removing some buildings located on the site. Plans featured six public spaces, new canal-side restaurants and cafés and major improvements to the Dukes and the Grand theatres, as well as new premises for the Musicians’ Co-operative.

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Norwich Puppet Theatre's new lease of life

22nd December 2009

Just over a year after facing huge funding cuts and possible closure, Norwich Puppet Theatre has proved itself a survivor as it was revealed this year alone, they have had nearly 11,000 visitors walk through their doors.

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Newcastle Theatre Royal restoration dream is now a step closer

21st December 2009

Plans to recapture the original grandeur of Newcastle’s historic Theatre Royal have received a vital endorsement from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). An application for £250,000 towards a restoration and refurbishment programme has received the thumbs up from the funding body which means the project can proceed to the next phase.

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Jojo aims to set up a new 'fringe' theatre in Plymouth

20th December 2009

Maverick arts activist Jojo needs your help to set up Plymouth’s first ‘fringe’ theatre. His aim is to establish another outlet for creatives in addition to the Theatre Royal and the Barbican Theatre. He said: “Plymouth has two wonderful professional theatres but if we want to create more opportunities for emerging performers and artists, writers and technicians, we need another accessible space.”This is all the more important now the Athenaeum theatre has closed.”

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