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The hard graft to restore the former Plymouth Palace Theatre

8th October 2013

The basement is under water, the biggest of the buddleia has been ripped down and the roof is almost watertight. Nearly six months after The Herald was given exclusive access to the New Palace Theatre, often better known to revellers as the Dance Academy, we have been invited back by the Plymouth Palace Project Ltd to see the ongoing restoration work.

Dave Welsh, a co-director of the Plymouth Palace Project, has been working hard on not only the severely water-damaged theatre but also the adjoining Great Western Hotel – known later as the Malthouse pub. The not-for-profit company, set up as a charity, aims to satisfy the council’s request to, in Mr Welsh’s words, “make it watertight and safe by the end of October”.

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Launch of The Theatres Trust's Conference 13 Report: thriving theatres

8th October 2013

The Theatres Trust’s thriving theatres conference report is launched publically today at the international entertainment technology event, PLASA London. Written by playwright Fin Kennedy, the report provides valuable case studies and insight into some of the innovative capital solutions and local engagement strategies being adopted by theatres which are helping them to thrive in these challenging times.

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Brewhouse Theatre's future may be secured after lease acquired

7th October 2013

The future of a bankrupt theatre in Somerset could be secured after the council confirmed it had acquired the remaining lease. Taunton Deane Borough Council said it was “not the final stage” in reviving the Brewhouse Theatre, but it was “progress in bringing it back to life”. It shut in February when its financial position was said to be “untenable”.

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Sixth Knight of Illumination Awards winners announced

7th October 2013

The sixth Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI), held on 6th October at London ExCel’s Platinum Suite, saw lighting and video professionals enjoy a glittering night of celebration and recognition for the exceptional creative talent within their industry.

The ever popular awards – organised by The Society of Television & Lighting Design (STLD), The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), Clay Paky and Ambersphere Solutions and generously sponsored by Chroma-Q, Hawthorn, MA Lighting, Osram, Robert Juliat and XL Video – provide public recognition for outstanding achievements in touring, television and theatre lighting and video design.

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Tidworth Garrison Theatre set to open in new building

7th October 2013

The new Tidworth Garrison Theatre will be officially opened next month, marking a new era in its 100-year history.

The Pickernell Auditorium will be named in honour of the family whose history has been closely intertwined with the Old Garrison Theatre for 104 years. Herbert Pickernell was the manager when it opened in May 1909, and the theatre was at the forefront of entertainment with live plays, ballet and big band concerts.

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Theatre Royal Plymouth - building on a reputation for excellence

7th October 2013

While funding from both national and local sources is shrinking, the Plymouth Theatre Royal is expanding. On September 26, it opened its new box office, new cafe, extended restaurant, hospitality areas, and branding; shortly a new venue designed to bring on new work and new writers opens there too.

The reason is that TRP, as its brand is now, is a supremely successful business that has honed itself to an efficiency that almost defies political meddling. Plymouth City Council used to have half the seats on the theatre’s board and now has none, because it does need to. Last year, TRP had an income of £10 million and generated £26 million for the city. Its operation is third only to the National and the RSC in terms of turnover. It’s one of Ninagawa’s favourite places.

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Ambitious scheme to chart rich history of Blackpool in the Winter Gardens

7th October 2013

Plans for a multi-million pound heritage centre based on Blackpool’s rich history as the world’s first working class seaside resort are being proposed to transform part of the famous Winter Gardens. Town hall chiefs are preparing to make a bid for a Heritage Lottery grant for the bold scheme which could cost up to £16m.

It is also hoped to access European funding for the attraction proposed for the Pavilion Theatre. Blackpool Council believes it could draw in around 380,000 visitors a year and create 70 full-time jobs. Once up and running it would fund itself. The council’s executive will discuss the plans on Monday.

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Should Acton's library become an arts centre?

7th October 2013

Campaigners have seized on the fact that Acton Library is to vacate its premises next year, to advocate the soon-to-be-empty building being turned into an arts centre.

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Theatres Trust publishes 36th Annual Report

6th October 2013

We are pleased to present our 36th Annual Report which highlights The Theatres Trust’s work and achievements from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013. As a resource for theatres we protect theatres from destruction, damage and deterioration; promote the importance of theatres; and provide advice on the planning, building, restoration, development and use of theatres.

The Trust responded to 100 planning applications and seven pre-applications, 50 listed building consultations and nine listed building consent pre-applications and responded to 352 local plan consultations securing cultural policies to protect theatres.

The Trust also worked with 27 individual theatres providing expert advice on their future viability, capital development, conservation and maintenance.

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Visit The Theatres Trust at PLASA London 6 - 9 October 2013

6th October 2013

You can come and meet us on Stand A60 and at our new feature, the TheatreStage @ PLASA on Stand A59, a hub for awards and announcements from leading trade bodies and organisations, including the ABTT, ALD, SMA and BECTU, as well as a daily contribution from The Theatres Trust.

The TheatreStage programme runs Monday – Wednesday, and is a ‘must visit’ at the show! Register for free now!

Stay in touch and keep up-to-date on Twitter with @theatrestrust and @plasashow, follow events and voice your thoughts by using hashtag #theatrestage or #theatrestageplasa13.

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