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Westminster parking charges postponed until after Olympics

15th December 2011

Westminster Council’s plans to impose evening and Sunday parking charges in the West End have been dropped until after the Olympics, to the relief of Theatreland. The plans, which would have seen charging extended until midnight from Monday to Saturday and introduced between 1pm and 6pm on Sundays from January 2012, were deeply unpopular in Theatreland. Society of London Theatre vice president and chief executive of Nimax Theatres Nica Burns said that the fees were “morally indefensible” when the plans were originally announced in August.

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'Reality check' to reveal what future holds for our damaged Hippodrome

14th December 2011

It’s being described as a “reality check” for Derby’s Hippodrome and will be the first professional, independent study into what the damaged listed building can actually become. The “options appraisal” commissioned by Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust will examine the state of the building in Green Lane, what facilities are needed in the city and what could be done to the former theatre so it can meet them. Part of that will be finding out what the public wants.

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Temporary home for Chichester Festival Theatre during works

13th December 2011

Chichester Festival Theatre is seeking planning permission for a temporary theatre near the main CFT buildings next summer for the venue’s 50th anniversary season. Bosses want the structure in place for three months, from July to September 2012.

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First steps in battle to save the Hippodrome

13th December 2011

Campaigners hope that an expert study into how Derby’s former Hippodrome theatre might be brought back into use could help secure the future of the badly damaged building. City architects’ firm Lathams has been appointed by the Hippodrome Restoration Trust to carry out the options appraisal. The trust says that if the findings of the study are positive then it will work to acquire the building.

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Theatres Trust Christmas Card 2011 on sale

13th December 2011

Order yours today! The Theatres Trust are delighted to announce that one of our Planning Volunteers, Louise Mark, has created this year’s Christmas Card and we’re offering it for sale to help raise funds for the Trust. It is a beautiful atmospheric watercolour of the Lyceum Theatre in London at night.

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Southwark Playhouse to be relocated

12th December 2011

Planning Applications: 11-AP-1987, 11-AP-2079, 11-AP-2080, 11-AP-3423

London Borough of Southwark has reconsulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning applications over the loss and relocation of Southwark Playhouse.

The Theatres Trust has objected to the application. Read the Trust’s response

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


London Hippodrome to improve acoustics at first floor mezzanine level

12th December 2011

Listed Building Application: 11/09904/ADLBC

Westminster City Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above listed building application with details of the first floor mezzanine level cabaret stage, acoustic screen and rear balconies including the proposed relationship with gamers and the proscenium arch and second floor mezzanine royal boxes pursuant to Condition 7 of listed building consent dated 13 May 2010 (RN: 10/01085).

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.


Curtain up on a brighter future as Derby Theatre fans provide inspirational ideas

12th December 2011

The future of Derby theatre is looking brighter following a brainstorming session by professionals and enthusiasts. More than 80 people attended a meeting called Open Space at the venue on Saturday10th, where all ideas could be put on the table to discuss the best way forward for theatre in the city. From next April, Derby Theatre, the lease of which is controlled by the University of Derby, is to have a new structure and take lead responsibility for producing theatre in the city.

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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion options under the microscope

12th December 2011

Options for the future of Felixstowe’s seafront theatre have been considered by councillors behind closed doors. They were presented with a secret report on ideas to develop the Spa Pavilion following a full appraisal of the 905-seater venue and various ideas for improving it was carried out by consultants.

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Lathams appointed to lead Options Appraisal for Derby Hippodrome

11th December 2011

Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust has just appointed local architects Lathams to lead an options appraisal for the Derby Hippodrome. The appraisal will consider all possible uses for the former theatre and assess which would be financially sustainable. The options appraisal is a necessary first step in the restoration of the Grade II listed building, which was partially demolished by the owner Christopher Anthony in March 2008.

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