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Anton Rippon: Knocking down the Hippodrome would be such a daft idea

8th February 2012

Derby Hippodrome, Bemrose School, and the Great Debate On Those Orange Bags For Recycling Your Cardboard – they are all matters that have been exercising me this week, writes Anton Rippon. Like many Derbeians, I’ve recently completed the survey about what to do with the dear old Hippo that has been vandalised beyond belief in Green Lane.

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Lenny Henry has joined fight to save Dudley Hippodrome

8th February 2012

Comedy star Lenny Henry has joined the fight to save an historic theatre in his home town which hosted some of the world’s biggest showbiz names. Celebrities including Bob Hope, George Formby, Laurel and Hardy and Morecambe and Wise all played the Dudley Hippodrome. But now it is set to come down after council bosses failed to find a company willing to take the venue on. Henry said: “The news has made me very sad. This 1,700-seat theatre was one of the biggest venues in the Midlands.

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Surrey's £26m G Live arts venue opened by Duke of Kent

8th February 2012

A plaque has been unveiled at G Live to mark the official launch of the arts venue. A new multi-million pound entertainment venue in Surrey has been officially opened by the Duke of Kent. G Live, in Guildford, which hosts music, comedy and family shows, opened in the autumn but the duke unveiled a plaque to mark its official launch.

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Wilton’s to re-bid to HLF following £700k SITA Trust grant

8th February 2012

Wilton’s Music Hall is to re-apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund for financial support for its renovation plans, after securing a £700,000 grant from the SITA Trust. Last year, the east London venue was thrown into crisis after the HLF rejected its application for £2.25 million. At the time, Wilton’s patron David Suchet warned that the theatre, which claims to be the oldest surviving music hall in the world, would have to close unless money could be found to refurbish it.

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Blog: Should theatres open up their accounts?

7th February 2012

It’s a great idea for fringe theatres to share their spaces – but they need to share the financial numbers too blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guradian Theatre blog.

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Belfast MAC to reopen in April

7th February 2012

The Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast will stage a new play by Owen McCafferty about the aftermath of the Titanic disaster as part of its inaugural season, when it opens for business in April.

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New Theatre at Number One Oxford Street

7th February 2012

Planning Application: 11/10045/FULL

Westminster City Council consulted The Theatres Trust on the erection of a building comprising part basement, ground, plus 9 storeys for use as a theatre (sui generis) on the part basement, ground to 4th floors, and offices (B1) at 5th to 8th floor with plant at 9th floor, and landscaping above the Crossrail development. The Trust revised it’s comments dated 07 December 2011.

The Theatres Trust supported the application. Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning application online, please click here and enter the application number, then click search.


Chichester Festival Theatre unveils 50th anniversary season

6th February 2012

Chichester Festival Theatre is to build a new, temporary venue in the park beside the venue as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations this summer. The space – which has been called Theatre on the Fly – will host work by three young directors who have trained at CFT in recent years.

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Exhibition: Opening curtain on story of theatre in Newcastle 4 Feb - 16 Sept

4th February 2012

Dating from 1787, the mighty document issued more than 200 years ago by George III goes on public display in Newcastle, possibly for the first time. it is the ‘letter patent’ which allowed the city to call its new theatre, which opened the following year on Moseley Street, the Theatre Royal.

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£300,000 lifeline for Oldham Coliseum from the AGMA

3rd February 2012

Oldham Coliseum has been given a £300,000 boost to cover expenditure on running, production and actors’ costs, for three years. The money comes from the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities, which had earlier prompted fears that funds might be withdrawn completely following the introduction of a new scheme. The theatre had to reapply for funding under new rules that required ecipients to be contributing to Greater Manchester locally, nationally and worldwide, improving the skills and employability of residents and contributing to communities. Thrilled staff have now been told they will receive £102,700 a year. Executive director David Martin knew the theatre had a “strong chance” of keeping the funding — known as the section 48 scheme — which offers money to arts groups and charities.

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