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Letter: New Hampstead Theatre is ‘unwanted and unimaginative’

1st December 2009

I was sorry to see that nowhere in your supplement on the 50th anniversary of Hampstead Theatre did you acknowledge its massive negative impact on the one bit of open space in Swiss Cottage, nor the fact that the new building has compromised the soul of the theatre itself (Ham&High November 12).

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Derby council’s arts chief blames ticket sales shortfall on audience’s loss of faith

1st December 2009

Derby City Council arts chief Peter Ireson has blamed a £300,000 shortfall in ticket sales at the recently relaunched Derby Theatre on poor trading conditions and theatregoers’ reticence to return to the venue.

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Two scottish arts venues face best of times and worst of times

29th November 2009

It is a tale of two cities, and two arts venues in them facing very different futures. In Edinburgh, a once-powerful force within theatre and a crucible for some of Scotland’s top actors and directors, is on the brink of losing its home. Meanwhile in Glasgow, an up-and-coming hub for the land’s brightest artists and musicians is on the cusp of moving from being an underground secret to a major arts centre.

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Theatre hope for Hopton church ruins

28th November 2009

A new theatre could be incorporated into the site of St Margaret’s Church ruins in Hopton. A sub-committee behind the regeneration of the 800-year-old Grade II listed church has agreed to pursue a “romantic” option, involving the creation of the 200-seat theatre and facilities for themed fairs, art and craft exhibitions and weddings.

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Hexagon plans still on as council civic centre makes do and mends

27th November 2009

Reading Councillors are ready to say goodbye – for now – to the £50 million new civic offices and consider a make-do and mend plan instead incorporating the Town Hall. The plans to pull down the old Civic Centre and Hexagon and build a new theatre and library complex are expected to be decoupled from the civic office relocation plan and will be progressed “in parallel”.

Source: Get Reading


New interim boss for Leicester's Curve theatre

27th November 2009

Leicester Theatre Trust, which runs Curve theatre, has announced the appointment of an interim chief executive. Pat Weller, will lead the organisation for the period up to August 2010. It is anticipated a permanent chief executive will be appointed for the beginning of September 2010. Pat has been a senior arts manager for over 20 years, most recently as executive director of Manchester’s Royal Exchange.

Source: Leicester Mercury


Newark Palace Theatre Theatre closure a savings option

27th November 2009

Residents are being asked if the closure of the Palace Theatre, Newark, should be considered by Newark and Sherwood District Council as part of its budget discussions. It is among the options raised in a questionnaire it is asking the public to complete.

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Sherman Theatre staff abseil to raise funds

27th November 2009

Staff at one of Cardiff’s top arts venues yesterday embarked on a hair-raising abseil to help fund its multi-million- pound redevelopment. Sherman Cymru workers braved the driving rain and bouts of hailstones to scale the heights of the theatre to raise funds for its £5.7m revamp.

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Goldman steps down as Artistic Director of Soho Theatre

27th November 2009

Soho Theatre has announced that Lisa Goldman will be stepping down as artistic director and joint chief executive in June 2010, after four years in charge. Goldman, who was appointed in 2006, was described today by Soho chairman Nick Allott as having made a “vitally important contribution” to the Dean Street venue at a “key stage in its history”.

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Culture fund to safeguard arts provision in Chichester

26th November 2009

Cash backing from Chichester District Council for the Festival Theatre and Pallant House Gallery may be guaranteed for the next decade. The council’s policy development committee is recommending a £3m ‘cultural fund’ should be set up, from which annual grants would be made to the theatre and the gallery.

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