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Plymouth Theatre Royal plans to expand

26th January 2012

Plans to expand Plymouth Theatre Royal with a two-storey extension and a new education space have been submitted to the venue’s local council. The proposals include building a creative learning space within the theatre’s existing basement, replacing the building’s exterior aluminium cladding, renovating the front of house areas and re-landscaping the area outside the venue.

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Letter: Hippodrome instead of Derby Pride Park concert hall

25th January 2012

Considerable controversy seems to have arisen about the possibility of a concert hall for Derby being built at Pride Park (“4,000-seat concert hall planned for Pride Park”, Derby Telegraph, January 8).

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Mark Taylor to leave Wales Millennium Centre

25th January 2012

The chief executive of the Wales Millennium Centre, Mark Taylor, is to leave his post after less than two years. Taylor joined the centre from his post as commercial and venues director at the Barbican Centre in August 2010. According to a statement released by the WMC, he is leaving to pursue opportunities in the international business event and leisure sector.

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Culture trust for Durham 'could improve services' says council leader

25th January 2012

Simon Henig, Labour leader of Durham County Council, said handing management of flagship venues such as the Gala Theatre, Killhope Museum and Hardwick Park, Sedgefield, to a non-profit-making trust could mean they were ‘better off’. !It’s the responsibility of this council to find as many ways as we can to move forward while protecting as many services as possible.

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Billington's A - Z: G is for Tyrone Guthrie

24th January 2012

He may be relatively little-known, but this giant of a director changed theatre for good – not least in his campaign to break down the proscenium arch writes Michael Billington for his A to Z of modern drama

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Westcliff's Palace Theatre centenary to be marked by students' films

24th January 2012

The Palace Theatre, in Westcliff, will mark its anniversary on 21 October with a number of events and projects. The centenary is to be be celebrated with a series of films made by pupils from nearby schools. Local historians will work with 10 schools to create a film for each decade of the theatre’s history.

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Report in House of Lords on Cultural Institutions in the National Planning Policy Framework

24th January 2012

Extract from the Lords Records Monday 23 January at 2.59 pm. Baroness Bakewell asked Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards are contained in the national planning policy framework to protect cultural institutions.

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New Theatre Cardiff to improve access, circulation and sightlines

24th January 2012

Planning and Listed Building Applications:11/02169/DCI and 11/02170/DCI

Cardiff Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning and listed building applications for improved access for wheel chair users and ambulant disabled people together with improved sightlines to the upper circle seating. The application also proposes the demolition of the existing stair core at auditorium right and the installation of a passenger lift, as well as the remodelling of the floor levels and steps to improve access to The New Theatre.

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 and click search.


Antique flying systems are no longer a laughing matter for London's Comedy Theatre

23rd January 2012

Recently renamed the Harold Pinter Theatre, London’s Comedy Theatre had retained its original wooden grid and manual hemp flying system for over a century. The intervening years had taken their toll on the grid, with heavy steel-framed sets and moving lights causing major operational challenges for the theatre staff.

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David Wilmore leads Stockton Globe Theatre project

23rd January 2012

One of the country’s leading theatre restoration experts has been appointed to help with the revamp of Stockton’s iconic Globe Theatre. David Wilmore has just finished work on the restoration of Newcastle’s Theatre Royal, and also lists the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds and the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond amongst his credits.

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