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8th March 2012

There are many obstacles that get in the way of a producer when planning a show. Most of them come down to money writes Danielle Tarento for The Stage Features.

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New theatre chair could “revolutionise retractable seating”

8th March 2012

A theatre chair designed for multi-use venues was unveiled this week which its creator claims will “revolutionise retractable seating”. The Recital Chair has been launched by theatre seating specialist Audience Systems and aims to combine the comfort levels of a large, padded auditorium seat, with the ability to be stacked away on a telescopic platform.

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Plan to keep Frome's Merlin Theatre open for another year and secure its future growth

8th March 2012

Despite a funding shortfall the Merlin Theatre will survive for another year and huge efforts are being made to secure its long-term future, it has been revealed. At a make-or-break meeting called by the trustees, headed by Dinah Bargett and Clare Hein, it was unanimously agreed that after months of detailed discussion and study on a proposed business plan for the coming year and beyond, the theatre can remain open in the short-term and hopefully develop into the future.

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Hornsea campaigners angry over Floral Hall demolition plan

8th March 2012

A £1.2m plan to demolish an East Yorkshire town’s “only” entertainment venue to make way for a car park has angered residents. East Riding of Yorkshire Council said the Floral Hall, in Hornsea – subject of discussions for seven years – was “in a dilapidated state” and losing about £100,000 a year. The demolition plan is expected to be approved by the council on Tuesday 13 March.

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Alterations and extensions to the Ventnor Winter Gardens

8th March 2012

Planning Application:TCP/14651/C, P/01802/11

Isle of Wight Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for alterations including extensions to the Ventnor Winter Gardens’ Pavilion. The proposals include a 37 room hotel with restaurant, bar and conference facilities.

The Theatres Trust originally requested further information on the application. Read the Trust’s response but has now supported the application with conditions. Read the Trust’s further response

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


ABTT announce third leg of British tour of Guthrie Thrust Stage exhibition

8th March 2012

The Association of British Theatre Technicians is delighted to announce the British tour of The Guthrie Thrust Stage 1948 – 2011: A Living Legacy exhibition, created earlier this year for the Prague 2011 Quadrennial of Scenography and Theatre Architecture.

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ABTT invites applications for CEO position

8th March 2012

The Trustee/Directors of the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) seek to appoint a Chief Executive Officer to manage the business of the Association and its subsidiary companies.

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Meeting on Boscombe Arts Centre's future

7th March 2012

Around 60 people attended a public meeting to discuss how to stop the Boscombe Centre for Community Arts (BCCA) from being replaced by housing. The event was organised by the Friends of the BCCA and people met at the Portman Hotel on Ashley Road in Boscombe.

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Palace Theatre to refurbish Upper Circle Bar

7th March 2012

Listed Building Application: 12/01795/LBC

Westminster City Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above listed building application over the internal alterations and refurbishment of the upper circle bar.

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.


Five groups fold after Arts Council of Wales cuts grants

7th March 2012

BBC Wales has learned that Gwent Theatre, Theatr Powys, Community Dance Wales, Welsh Independent Dance and the Cardiff Bay Arts Trust folded after their last grants ran out. The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) says difficult decisions had to be made. A group of AMs is planning to look at how the arts industry has adapted since the changes were adopted a year ago.

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