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Liverpool Futurist set for revamp

12th April 2013

Prominent derelict buildings on Lime Street will be given a major revamp after a rejuvenation project got the green light. The scheme could bring over 300 jobs to the area and refresh iconic buildings such as the Futurist Cinema and breathe new life into derelict areas such as Mount Pleasant car park. The scheme has been predicted to cost as much as £38.7 million and plans are already in the pipeline to include a series of offices, student accommodation and retail outlets.

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Brewhouse Theatre: First rescue bid rejected

11th April 2013

An initial offer to buy the bankrupt Brewhouse Theatre in Somerset has been rejected, a council leader has said. Officers at Taunton Deane Borough Council had been negotiating with administrators it was revealed at a council meeting. Talks are set to continue in the hope of agreeing a new price to save the theatre which closed two months ago.

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Press release: Conference 13 thriving theatres open for bookings

11th April 2013

This year’s Theatres Trust conference provides a unique opportunity to look at how theatres can create a more resilient future by using their buildings to achieve financial self-sufficiency.

thriving theatres takes place on the 11 June 2013 at St James Theatre, the splendid new 312-seat venue in the heart of Victoria in London. We are now open for bookings

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Hytner's National Theatre: who should run it next?

11th April 2013

Nicholas Hytner is stepping down as artistic director of the National Theatre. Who will take his place? It’s a crowded field – with some surprise inclusions writes Mark Lawson for The Guardian.


Third attempt at plans for site of former Bournemouth Winter Gardens

11th April 2013

Developers hoping to build a hotel, apartment and leisure complex on Bournemouth’s Winter Gardens site are having a third attempt at winning planning permission. The two previous plans to build a cinema, hotel, apartments, shops and public piazza were both withdrawn at the last minute when it was apparent they were going to be refused.

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Brewhouse will continue as a theatre for “foreseeable future” – council

10th April 2013

Taunton Deane Borough Council has confirmed that it plans to keep the Brewhouse Theatre as an arts venue for the “foreseeable future”, to ensure local people are provided with a cultural offering. The local authority, which owns the land the Brewhouse Theatre is on, is making a bid to secure the leasehold for the venue and its contents after the theatre closed and went into administration last month.

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Project to convert Beverley chapel into theatre gains approval

9th April 2013

A 100-year-old disused chapel in East Yorkshire is set to be converted into a theatre and cafe. Baptist Church in Beverley, which is a Grade II listed building, has been empty for more than a year. Plans by East Riding Theatre group to transform the building have been approved by the council.

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Thanet Leisureforce join forces with Vista Leisure

9th April 2013

The organisation behind the Winter Gardens, Theatre Royal and the Ramsgate and Margate sports centres, Thanet Leisureforce (TLF), has merged with a company that runs leisure facilities in Dover.

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100 years of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, in audio of course

9th April 2013

The Birmingham Rep’s history is rich and varied, and in 2013, 100 years old. Records of the company over this period tell a remarkable story of the writers, directors, designers, actors, photographers, wardrobe, set-builders, stage crew, administrators, critics and audiences who have made The REP what it is today. And this accumulation of todays is preserved by REP100, a partnership project between Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Birmingham Archives.

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Richard Wentworth's Black Maria theatre breathes life into King's Cross

9th April 2013

Designed with young Swiss architecture practice Gruppe, the temporary structure is part public stage, part meeting house writes Oliver Wainright for The Guardian.


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