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Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre back on the market

4th February 2013

Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre, which closed in 2011, is again being advertised as up for sale. The Broadway Theatre reopened in February 2011, having initially gone dark in 2009, but closed again only six months later, soon after it had emerged that Paul Parker, chief executive of StageLive, the company running the theatre, was in fact the disgraced producer Paul Coxwell, who had been jailed for VAT fraud amounting to £500,000 in 2009.

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Liverpool's Everyman for Everyone portrait wall revealed

4th February 2013

In 2012 the Liverpool Everyman invited people to take part in a photography project to create a Portrait Wall on the front of the new Everyman. Designed by architect Steve Tompkins, this large-scale artwork is a powerful expression of the fact that the Everyman is and always will be for everyone. Photo sessions were held at venues across the city and many hundreds came along to take part. The Portrait Wall will encapsulate the spirit of a building that truly will be an Everyman for Everyone.

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The Brunton Musselburgh completes £3.7 million transformation

4th February 2013

East Lothian is welcoming an exciting new events space this year, as the main hall of The Brunton in Musselburgh opens its doors following a £3.7 million refurbishment.

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Heritage Lottery Fund gives £2.5m to National Theatre

4th February 2013

The National Theatre has received £2.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards its £70 million NT Future project.

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Simon Tait: The regions are the lifeblood of British theatre

4th February 2013

Congratulations to West End theatres which seemed to have turned what many expected to be a disastrous year in 2012 into a bumper one – not as good as the record of 2009, but close and this year might well get closer. As Julian Bird, the chief executive of the Society of London Theatre, sees it, it’s thanks to the extraordinary quality of straight plays currently on offer – audiences for them up 9% compared with a drop of 3% for musicals – and a restrained ticketing policy which has actually seen a slight reduction in average pricing.

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Queen Marys reopens the People’s Palace – an iconic East End venue

2nd February 2013

When the original People’s Palace opened in 1887, one and a half million people visited the building in just one year, flocking to the east London venue for entertainment, education and recreation. Following a £6m refurbishment project to restore the building and install new technology, Queen Mary, University of London will relaunch the People’s Palace in February 2013 as a venue for both students and the community.

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Bexhill Playhouse owner told - it’s time to clean up your act

2nd February 2013

The appearance of Bexhill’s former cinema in Western Road has been cause for concern locally and now the council is taking legal action against the owner. Rother District Council has asked Ormiston Trust to repair and spruce up the property but so far this has not happened.

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Exciting step forward for Eastbourne's Devonshire Park Theatres plans

2nd February 2013

Ambitious plans to enhance Devonshire Park in Eastbourne by completely refurbishing the Congress Theatre and Winter Garden, creating new visitor and tourism facilities and building a new welcome and conference exhibition centre have taken another major step forward.

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Southsea's St Peters Players’ fears as final curtain falls on theatre

2nd February 2013

Campaigners fighting the closure of a historic theatre say they fear their theatre groups will have to fold if nobody can help them with storage. St Peter’s Theatre, in Fraser Road, Somers Town, has now been closed by St Peter’s Church, which owns the building. Members of the Save St Peter’s Theatre Campaign want to run the 91-year-old venue as a community asset.

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Bognor Theatre site could have eight bars, restaurants

2nd February 2013

The number of new restaurants, pubs and cafes for the Regis Centre site has been proposed by St Modwen. Cllr Sandra Daniells (Con, Pevensey) quizzed the council about claims that eight to 12 of the businesses were being planned. The council’s senior economic development officer, Anthony Everitt, told her the exact number of new premises, eight, in the present scheme.

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