Category Archives: Fairfield Halls

Same old same old that adds up to good business for someone

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Industry awards have a reputation for self-congratulatory bun-fights. At £120 a ticket at this year’s Croydon event, DAVID CALLAM’s happy to give it a miss. He’s seen it all before, anyway It’s that time again. The Croydon Business … Continue reading

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Croydon Basslift, Arnhem Gallery, Apr 12

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Verdi’s Requiem, Fairfield Halls, Mar 29

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Not a dry seat in the house after five hours of Ken Dodd

The Ashcroft Theatre staged one of the great performers of the last 50 years last week. It was just that he seemed to include a half-century’s material in his act, as our veteran showbiz correspondent BELLA BARTOCK reports What do … Continue reading

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Laura Cantrell makes the Arnhem Gallery bloom again

ANDREW LENG reviews a night of alternative country at the Fairfield Halls It was St Valentine’s Day and my wife was expecting a cosy night in with a nice bottle of wine, some decent food and romantic company from yours … Continue reading

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Charity Commission report confirms block on council takeover

The Charity Commission, the official body responsible for supervising the management and running of the nation’s charities, has today published a report into the trust which runs the Fairfield Halls following an investigation instigated after seeing reports on Inside Croydon … Continue reading

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Steel’s fond of his dirty old town. At least it’s not Swanley

BELLA BARTOCK, our arts correspondent, has been out on the town again, and found herself rolling in the aisles at the Ashcroft Theatre. But she picked herself up and dusted herself off just in time for comedian Mark Steel to … Continue reading

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Croydon Arts Network – initial meeting: Sat Feb 15

Following last autumn’s Croydon Arts Debate chaired by Lord Harries, a further meeting is being held at Croydon Conference Centre on Surrey Street on Saturday, February 15 at 3pm to establish an independent body which can co-ordinate activity across the … Continue reading

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Requiem has sounded for Mozart Players’ Croydon future

Turtle’s. The Mela. Nestle. The Warehouse Theatre. The Riesco Collection. Allders. The David Lean Cinema. Next, the London Mozart Players? It is looking increasingly likely that the London Mozart Players will soon be added to the litany of Croydon institutions that … Continue reading

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Mozart Players’ cut-backs forces managing director to leave

A further signal of how Croydon Council’s mishandling of the arts is having a detrimental impact on the whole of the local cultural scene - even among those organisations which benefit from the backing of the Town Hall Establishment - came through today … Continue reading

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Watch out Gary Barlow MP: Mark Steel’s In Town in Croydon

When Mark Steel resigned from the Socialist Workers’ Party, he was declaimed for having a “kind of grandiose ignorance”, surely the only time that a Crystal Palace-supporting stand-up comedian has been accused of ignorance… Next month, Steel is In Town … Continue reading

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Charity Commission forces council to drop Fairfield takeover

Croydon Council’s plans to take over the Fairfield Halls have collapsed, in yet another embarrassing and costly (for Council Tax-payers) reversal for the Conservative administration at the Town Hall. And this at a time when the costs of the much-needed … Continue reading

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Council’s cultural vandalism leaves borough short-changed

102,440,000 That’s how much Croydon Council raised from the auction in Hong Kong this morning of 24 pieces of the borough’s priceless Riesco Collection of Chinese porcelain. Unfortunately for the likes of florid-faced Mike Fisher and his cronies Dudley Mead … Continue reading

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One million pages and our loyal reader is our latest winner

Inside Croydon’s loyal reader, Ken Towl, is the winner of the site’s latest free-to-enter competition. Towl got the correct answer to our question (Katharine Hepburn was the subject of the first play at the new venue on Katharine Street), and … Continue reading

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Museums Association kicks out Croydon over Riesco sale

The president of the Museums Association, David Anderson, used his keynote speech at his organisation’s annual conference in Liverpool yesterday to announce that Croydon Council has been expelled from the MA and to warn that it will be barred from … Continue reading

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