arts-council-england

The Majestic is now being transformed into a 280-seat theatre space, including a 1930s-themed bar

A disused cinema in Darlington is being converted into a mid-scale, multi-purpose theatre able to host plays, comedy and live music. The art deco building,...
An artist's impression of how Square Chapel Centre will look after the multi-million-pound revamp. Photo: Evans Vettori

A Halifax arts centre has revealed plans for a £6.6 million revamp that will see it gain an extra 108-seat theatre space. The redevelopment plan...
Rich Mix, the east London arts venue, has warned that it could face closure over a loan dispute

East London arts venue Rich Mix has said it remains "hopeful" that it can settle an £850,000 dispute with Tower Hamlets council, after a...
Simon Mellor will combine his new role with his job at Arts Council England. Photo: Philippa Gedge

Arts Council England executive director of arts and culture Simon Mellor has been named project director for Manchester’s new £78m theatre the Factory. Mellor, who...
Dancers from Spilt Milk, one of the first companies to tour under the Rural Touring Dance Initiative.

A £500,000 scheme aimed at increasing dance touring across rural parts of the UK has been launched. The Rural Touring Dance Initiative, a three-year project,...

A major independent report has revealed that arts and culture contribute £7.7 billion to the economy, an increase of 36% in three years. The report,...
Rachel Tackley, UK Theatre president, said the code would 'bring clarity and reduce frustration'

A network of nine regional theatres that will tour and produce mid-scale drama has been established thanks to an £800,000 funding injection from Arts...
James Brining and Robin Hawkes in the Quarry Theatre at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Photo: Anthony Robling

West Yorkshire Playhouse has unveiled plans for a £14 million redevelopment. The plans include new performance and community spaces, refurbishing both auditoriums and extending the...
Gerry Morrissey, BECTU general secretary. Photo: BECTU

BECTU general secretary Gerry Morrissey has condemned the BBC's recent deal with government as outlined in the summer budget, describing it as a "shameful...
Family Arts Festival: the Bog Draw at the Arnolfini, Bristol. Photo: Richard Coleman

A Welsh-language version of Les Miserables will be performed as part of this year's Family Arts Festival. The national event will be presented in a...
Royal Opera House. Photo: Laika AC

Record audience numbers and box office receipts boosted the Royal Opera House’s income by 12% to £125.7 million, its annual report reveals. The Covent Garden...

Arts Council England chair Peter Bazalgette has described the issue of diversity as the “single biggest challenge facing the creative industries”. Bazalgette was speaking as...

Theatre leaders have cautiously welcomed Arts Council England’s pledge to boost the amount of Lottery funding it invests in areas outside London. In his first...

Arts Council England announced today (May 28) that it would increase the proportion of lottery funding granted to the regions. In his first speech as...
Darren Henley, Arts Council England

Arts Council England chief executive Darren Henley is to use his inaugural speech to pledge an increase in regional funding and more money for...
Darren Henley, Arts Council England

A new touring project aiming to bring disability arts to the mainstream has been awarded £2.3 million by Arts Council England. The grant is the...
John Whittingdale with Sajid Javid. Photo: johnwhittingdale.org.uk

John Whittingdale has been named the new culture secretary as part of David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle. The position places him in charge of the Department...
Ed Vaizey

The continuation of theatre tax relief and a frozen BBC licence fee are among the pledges made by the Conservative party, which has won...