More than half a million people attended a Capital Theatres group event in the last year, Chief Executive Duncan Hendry said. He attributed the group's success to new mobile-friendly website where nearly 58% of sales are now made.
A group in Newmarket in Suffolk hopes to raise £650,000 to convert the Palomino Pub into a permanent arts space. Campaigner Lousie Eatock said the centre would offer events and exhibitions, adult and youth classes, and music nights.
Reiach and Hall Architects will renovate the existing Edinburgh gallery and convert a neighbouring warehouse into a two-storey installation space by 2020. The project has "opportunities for artists and audiences at its heart", gallery Director Fiona Bradley said.
Performances of 'Rotterdam' at the Nuffield Southampton Theatre have been called off after one of its cast was injured in a "homophobic hate crime", the show's producers said. Actress Lucy Jane had stones thrown at her from a moving car while kissing her girlfriend, castmate Rebecca Bantlava, in the street.
Letters from eight artists and a judge said a sponsorship deal with the oil and gas giant provided "a veneer of respectability to one of the world’s worst polluters". The gallery said BP had sponsored its annual portrait award for 30 years, and that the company's support brought artists' work into the public eye.
The sudden closure of the city’s Guild Hall, which contained two performance venues, has left large shows in the lurch. Owner Simon Rigby now intends to bring in administrators, but has said the building will reopen “within weeks” and that all staff wages will be paid.
A Devon theatre director called the Brexit Party MEP’s comment - that science might “produce an answer” to being gay - “vile”. Widdecombe was due to appear at Ilfracombe’s Landmark Theatre in a one-woman show in March.
A Scottish committee investigating the destruction of the school’s Mackintosh building says it is “extremely disappointed” the school has questioned the credibility of some witnesses. The committee has questioned whether the school did enough to prevent the blaze.
The ticketing platform’s managing director has apologised to the Government for failing to attend a 2017 hearing into its business model. But he said “we fundamentally believe if someone buys a ticket they have the right to resell it”.
A project led by Anglia Ruskin University has received a six-figure grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to investigate the benefits for school children of creating art in nature. The initiative has found that working with artists improved pupils’ confidence and independence, particularly among children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Young refugees living in the UK can now apply for paid apprenticeships with Good Chance Theatre. The three-month scheme will give up to six trainees experience in writing, directing, producing and fundraising.
Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York is taking shape, with plans to perform Hamlet, Henry V, The Tempest and Twelfth Night this summer. The organisers hope to replicate the success of last year’s season, which drew about 78,000 people to the site.