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Open meeting dates set by Creative Scotland

25th February 2013

Creative Scotland has announced dates for its promised open consultation meetings with arts practitioners in Scotland. The five dates are in Dundee, Edinburgh, Greenock, Teangue (on Skye) and Inverness between March 15 and April 23. There will be room for up to 100 participants at each four-hour session.

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Cash lift for Malton's Milton Rooms

25th February 2013

Ryedale District Council’s policy and resources committee has backed a plan to renovate the Grade II listed Malton Milton Rooms building to enable it to become an arts centre for North Yorkshire and to boost the economy of the towns of Malton and Norton. The scheme, which has won the support of Dame Judi Dench and Griff Rhys Jones, will have significant benefits to the area.

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New kitchen proposed for Drury Lane’s Theatre Royal

25th February 2013

Listed building application: 13/00435/LBC

The City of Westminster has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above listed building application for the conversion of an office and corridor to a kitchen at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, London.

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.


Temporary structure proposed for the Royal National Theatre

25th February 2013

Planning application: 13/00313/FUL

The London Borough of Lambeth has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for the for the erection of a temporary structure on the north east corner of the National 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.


200 Imax seats given to Boscombe Shelley Theatre

25th February 2013

Two hundred seats from Bournemouth’s former IMAX cinema have been saved for future generations of theatre-goers. The relics from what was once voted England’s most hated building have ended up at the Shelley Theatre on Boscombe Manor. They were unveiled on Saturday during an open day at the historic building, which is currently being restored to its former glory.

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Mary Shelley theatre revamp planned in Dorset

25th February 2013

About 170 people have volunteered to help restore a theatre which was built for Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. Funding is being sought for the project and a trust charity is being set up to run the theatre, organisers say.

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Duke's scheme brings down the curtain on Stanford Hall Theatre

25th February 2013

Britain’s richest landowner has enraged amateur actors with plans for one of his stately homes that could spell the end for a historic theatre in its grounds. The conflict concerns the Grade II-listed Stanford Hall, which was bought by the Duke of Westminster for an undisclosed amount in 2011. The 61-year-old aristocrat plans to turn the 360-acre estate, near Loughborough, in Leicestershire, into the UK’s biggest rehabilitation centre for the treatment of wounded soldiers and civilians.

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Help save Stanford Hall Theatre

25th February 2013

Stanford Hall’s much loved Theatre and rising Wurlitzer organ are the subject of a petition to Rushcliffe Borough Council. The Grade II listed hall was purchased in 2011 by the Duke of Westminster who plans to turn it into the UK’s biggest rehabilitation centre for the treatment of wounded soldiers and civilians. Unfortunately, his plans do not include the restoration of the 18th hall which has been enjoyed for years by the local community.

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CABE updates design review guidance

25th February 2013

New guidance has been published for design reviews panels across England. The Cabe team at the Design Council, the RIBA, the Landscape Institute and the RTPI have produced an update to guidance on delivering design reviews, entitled ‘Design Review, Principles and Practice’. The update sees the guidance condensed, and revised following both the NPPF and the Taylor Review. The NPPF requires local authorities to have systems in place to provide design assessments, and to refer major projects for a national design review.

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New Arts Council Chief Peter Bazalgette: 'Maybe I don't qualify as great or good'

25th February 2013

In his first interview in his new role as Arts Council chief, Peter Bazalgette discusses cuts, philistines and his Big Brother past with Andrew Anthony from The Observer.


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