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Crowdfunding: a capital idea for commercial theatre

25th February 2014

The West End is turning to crowdfunding and it’s looking for a new breed of backer. Bant and his co-producer Gavin Kalin are seeking to raise £200,000 for The Pajama Game’s West End transfer – about 14% of its total capitalisation costs – through the online crowdfunding platform Seedrs, which allows people to invest as little as £10. They hit £40,000 within 24 hours.

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Hertsmere Leisure Trust achieves ISO 14001:2004 certification

25th February 2014

A charitable trust has achieved the internationally recognised ISO 14001:2004, establishing it as one of the leaders in its field for its environmental policy. Hertsmere Leisure, which manages sports, fitness and leisure facilities in partnership with Hertsmere Borough Council and Three Rivers District Council was praised for its commitment to customer service and quality in delivery.

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Council House, Doncaster demolition gets underway

25th February 2014

The demolition of Doncaster’s abandoned Council House has got underway. Diggers and workmen have started tearing down the tower block which was made redundant by the opening of the new Civic Offices last year. Do

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World War One: Hereford theatre fire killed eight at fundraiser

24th February 2014

During World War One there were thousands of appeals and fundraising events to support soldiers serving at the front. One such event at a theatre in Hereford ended in “a ghastly tragedy” when eight children died after their cotton wool costumes caught fire. It led to accusations a smoker had caused their deaths. Like many English cities Hereford has close ties to its local regiment and the soldiers serving in it.

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Taunton Brewhouse community group given keys to theatre

24th February 2014

A community group chosen to reopen a cash-strapped theatre in Somerset, says it has the keys and is “ready to go”. The Brewhouse Theatre was shut last February after its funding dried up but a new lease is under way with the not-for-profit Taunton Theatre Association. Mark Dawson, from the association, said they were happy with the theatre’s good condition “considering its sleep”. Taunton Deane Borough Council is likely to help fund the group for a year, worth almost £200,000.

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Taunton Brewhouse Theatre's funding fight timeline

24th February 2014

The future of the Brewhouse Theatre has been secured after Taunton Deane Borough Council agreed a five-year lease with the Taunton Theatre Association community group. It took a year to arrive at the deal, but the theatre’s issues date back as far as 2007 when concerns were first raised over the future of the venue if funding was reduced.

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Cwmbran theatre, Wales closes in on £100,000 target

24th February 2014

Cwmbran’s Congress Theatre has almost reached its £100,000 target for its first major refurbishment, but a final push on public donations is needed. At the launch of the appeal in August, the theatre’s manager, Martyn Redwood, explained that £100,000 was required to refurbish the building, which was built in 1972.

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First look: Inside the new Liverpool Everyman

24th February 2014

It’s been a long-time coming – three years to be precise – but this weekend people will get their first glimpse inside Liverpool’s new £28m Everyman theatre when it throws open its doors to the public. The old Everyman was closed in 2011 and razed before the new theatre was built on an expanded site – in fact the auditorium is on exactly the same spot where the old Hope Hall sat.

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Derby Hippodrome: New plans set to be unveiled

24th February 2014

The site of Derby’s crumbling Hippodrome is set to be the subject of a planning application in the next few months – and its estate agent says it is unlikely to be for a theatre. Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust, which wants to return the building to its former glory, has called on any applicant to respect the building’s listed status.

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Open days are planned for Margate's Theatre Royal and Winter Gardens

24th February 2014

Following the success of last year’s open day at the Theatre Royal in Margate, an even bigger event is planned for this spring on Sunday March 9. From 10am – 4pm both the Theatre Royal and the Winter Gardens will be open to the public, with a chance to explore all the areas not usually seen by the public.

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