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Comedy legend Ken Dodd says demolition of the Hippodrome would be vandalism for Dudley

18th February 2014

Legendary comedian Ken Dodd is coming to Dudley but is devastated Dudley Hippodrome is earmarked for demolition. The 87-year-old comedian has graced stages up and down the country including the Hippodrome in its heyday and slammed the decision to bring the curtain down on the venue.

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Whiteladies Road cinema plans submitted to Bristol City Council as Everyman chosen as operator

18th February 2014

Plans have been submitted and an operator announced as the dream of a return for a cinema on Whiteladies Road moves closer to becoming a reality. Owners of the former ABC cinema, which has laid derelict for more than a decade, want to restore the building to its former glory with a main auditorium seating 320 people. Operator Everyman has been chosen to run the cinema if the plans, submitted to council last week, are approved.

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Views sought on Victoria Theatre, Halifax future

17th February 2014

As part of a study of options looking into the Victoria Theatre’s future, its trust is canvassing opinion from local people about their views on the issue. The trust is particularly keen to see the theatre continue to offer a broad range of productions and give access to local organisations to stage events of benefit to the community.

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Rhyl Pavilion theatre closure threat

17th February 2014

Rhyl’s Pavilion Theatre could close for a “significant period” while the Sun Centre is demolished. Denbighshire’s cabinet will meet tomorrow to discuss proposals to renew leisure and tourism facilities along the coast, which include building a new aquatic centre in Rhyl and redeveloping a “new Nova” centre in Prestatyn. But a report reveals one of the risks associated with the project is closing the Pavilion theatre for a period of time.

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Bristol’s arts braced for 10% Council cuts

17th February 2014

There has been an angry reaction from arts organisations in Bristol to a proposal for a 10% cut to the city’s arts budget. Labour councillor Sean Beynon has proposed a £100,000 cut in the amount of money spent on the arts in Bristol, from a total of just under £1m, to “improve the protection of its citizens from crime”.

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Robin Hood Theatre in Averham to reopen in April

16th February 2014

A theatre that closed suddenly in 2007 after failing a safety inspection is set to reopen in April. The Robin Hood Theatre, in Averham, Nottinghamshire, was home to a theatre group which fought for the reopening. The Robin Hood Theatre Company said it had raised more than £50,000 towards making safety improvements to the theatre to comply with regulations.

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Speakers announced for UK Theatre’s Touring Symposium 2014

14th February 2014

The first speakers have been announced for UK Theatre’s Touring Symposium and Bill Kenwright, one of the UK’s most successful theatre producers, will deliver the keynote speech at this annual event, now in its 7th year, sponsored by leading theatre consultancy Charcoalblue.

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Theatre Safety Committee Newsletter

14th February 2014

This contains practical information about the need for venue managers to communicate with visiting producers on safety matters, and also covers the importance of reporting near-misses. Please forward on the newsletter to relevant colleagues in your organisation.

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Exhibition: Crossrail Archaeology Exhibition Portals to the Past 2014

14th February 2014

Exhibition: Portals to the Past An exhibition of recent finds from the Crossrail Archaeology Programme

When: 15 February to 15 March 2014 Sat 10am-5pm Tue Thu 11am-7pm Wed 11am-5.30pm

Where: Crossrail’s Visitor Information Centre Tottenham Court Road 16-18 St Giles High Street WC2H 8LN

Free Admission

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Theatre Royal overhaul 'necessary to secure Bristol Old Vic'

14th February 2014

A major overhaul of the Theatre Royal looks set to get the go-ahead after planning officers decided it was necessary to secure the future of the complex and the celebrated Bristol Old Vic theatre company. The proposal involves demolishing part of the grade I-listed building, which is the oldest continuously operating theatre in England.

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