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Arts groups turn to market skills to survive

8th June 2012

From running theatre workshops in China to offering ballerinas for corporate events, arts organisations are adopting more business-focused strategies to try to make up for big cuts in public funding. Theatres, museums and galleries were forced to innovate fast when the Arts Council, the support agency for the arts in England, reduced grants by an average of 15 per cent last year as part of the government’s austerity programme.

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London Hippodrome Casino unveils live programme

7th June 2012

Tony Christie, Janie Dee and Miss Polly Rae will be among the first acts to perform at the London Hippodrome when the site reopens as a casino in July. The former nightclub and theatre, which was built in 1900 and designed by architect Frank Matcham, closed in 2009. It has been redeveloped and restored and will now be known as the Hippodrome Casino.

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Shakespeare's Curtain theatre remains found

7th June 2012

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an Elizabethan theatre where some of William Shakespeare’s plays were first performed.

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Wokingham Theatre applies for extension of time to construct extension

7th June 2012

Planning application: EXT/2012/1127

Wokingham Borough Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application to extend the implementation date of planning consent F/2009/0172 for a further 3 years for the erection of a single storey rear extension to the Wokingham 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, then click search.


Satellite dishes proposed for Bournemouth’s Odeon

7th June 2012

Planning application: 7-2012-891-Y

Bournemouth Borough Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for the installation of two satellite dishes on the Odeon Cinema, Westover Road, Bournemouth.

The application raises no issues as far as The Theatres Trust is concerned. Read the Trust’s response

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


Shakespeare's Curtain theatre unearthed in east London

6th June 2012

Theatre where Romeo and Juliet was first performed is rediscovered in Shoreditch centuries after it was dismantled

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Matlock Baths Grand Pavilion plan is moving forward

6th June 2012

A community venture to revamp Matlock Bath Pavilion is gathering pace – after more than 200 people pledged support for the scheme. Work is set to transform the Pavilion in to a multi-purpose community facility incorporating an arts and entertainment centre. This will include restoring the main hall to its former glory as a performance space for local and touring theatre productions.

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Extensions proposed for Winchester’s Chesil Theatre

6th June 2012

Planning application: 12/00098/FUL

The Theatres Trust has been notified of the above planning application for alterations to the existing building and extensions to provide improved theatre facilities at the Chesil Theatre in Winchester.

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

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


Hockney joins battle to save Bradford Odeon

31st May 2012

In the long list of architectural treasures gracing Britain’s towns and cities, Bradford Odeon, a derelict Art Deco cinema, is not one that immediately springs to mind. But plans to demolish the building that once played host to The Beatles and the Rolling Stones have sparked an angry campaign led by prominent artists and performers, including David Hockney, Michael Palin, Jenny Agutter, Alan Bennett and Barbara Windsor.

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Bennetts wins cash backing for Hornsey town hall overhaul

31st May 2012

Bennetts Associates has bagged an initial cash injection from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the long-awaited overhaul of Hornsey Town Hall in north London. Last year Bennetts Associates became the third practice brought in to draw up plans for the conversion of the empty, art deco landmark in Crouch End.

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