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Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds launches public debate about its future

14th November 2012

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds’ board has announced it will carry out a public consultation on the future of the Regency playhouse, after concerns were raised over initial proposals to merge its management with that of a local concert hall.

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Rose Theatre project wins Heritage Lottery Fund development grant

14th November 2012

Sir Ian McKellen and Tony Robinson were among the guests at the British Museum on Thursday morning to celebrate the news that the Rose Theatre Trust has been awarded a development grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Leicester's Curve Theatre: Attendance reaches all-time high

13th November 2012

Ticket sales and revenue at Leicester’s Curve Theatre have reached an all-time high, the venue’s chief executive Fiona Allan has said. More than 180,000 people attended paid performances at the £61m theatre in 2011-12, an increase of 8% over the previous year.

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Bradford Odeon: Community plan for former cinema

13th November 2012

Members of the Bradford One group, which has just been launched, said the former Bradford Odeon could become a venue for music and other cultural activities. The redevelopment could cost about £10m, said Bradford One. A feasibility study and business plan would be drawn up following a public consultation, the group said.

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Half Moon Young People's Theatre unveils its new-look home

13th November 2012

Half Moon Young People’s Theatre group that forged its existence by creating theatre “with and for” young people in Tower Hamlets has unveiled its newly-refurbished home. Director Chris Elwell explained the “reconfiguration” of the 19th century interior was the £300,000 second stage in a three-phase plan that started when the group bought the building seven years ago and will conclude with a renovated exterior.

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Union Chapel development decision deferred

12th November 2012

At the planning meeting held last night (12th Nov 2012), the application for the redevelopment of the site behind Union Chapel was accepted, but the actual decision deferred until there was agreement between the applicant and the District Valuer over the ‘correct’ contribution towards affordable housing.

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5,000 people back fight to save St Peter's Theatre Southsea

10th November 2012

More than 5,000 people have signed a petition urging council help for the group trying to save St Peter’s Theatre in Portsmouth. The signatures have been presented to Portsmouth City Council’s Lib Dem cabinet and will be considered at a full meeting of the council next week. The petition has been backed by Portsmouth actress Dillie Keane. It follows the decision by the Parochial Church Council, which runs the Fraser Road building, not to take any further bookings beyond January next year.

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Belfast Metropolitan Arts Centre bosses delighted as visitor numbers double those predicted

8th November 2012

Belfast’s new £18m arts centre has seen an incredible 173,000 visitors since it opened in April —virtually double the number management had expected. The MAC — Metropolitan Arts Centre — in the city’s Cathedral Quarter is proving that its nickname ‘big MAC’ is well earned.

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Plymouth Theatre Royal gets £5m Arts Council grant

7th November 2012

Plymouth’s Theatre Royal has been promised £5m of funding from the Arts Council. The money would go towards building a new auditorium and a makeover of inside and outside public areas. The theatre will only be able to get the Arts Council money and carry out the redevelopment if it can raise a further £2m.

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Felixstowe: Time running out to save the Spa Pavilion

7th November 2012

SIXTY days to save the Spa Pavilion! That’s the deadline facing campaigners today – or the seafront theatre will go dark, its doors will be closed and preparations will be made to board it up. So far no new organisation or company has been found to take over the 892-seat Spa and time is running out fast now to find new owners or tenants to either carry it on as a theatre or redevelop it into a new leisure attraction.

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