The Theatres Trust

Yarmouth bingo hall to be sold despite protest

1st December 2011

Bosses have ignored a plea to save a bingo hall in Great Yarmouth and are pushing ahead with plans to sell the site. Mecca Bingo said they are “open to offers” for the former Regent Theatre on Regent Road, which they decided to vacate after claiming the site’s poor parking facilities had contributed to a loss of money.

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HLF helps bring Merthyr Tydfil Old Town Hall back to its heyday through a £2m investment

1st December 2011

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today announced a grant of £2million to fund the repair and transformation of the Grade II* listed Old Town Hall into a vibrant new cultural and creative industries centre in Merthyr Tydfil. Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association (MTHA) has been awarded the money to secure the future of the building, which has been derelict for over 10 years.

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Fraudster Paul Coxwell is back - as Michael Barrymore’s agent

1st December 2011

Paul Coxwell, the disgraced theatre producer and venue operator, has re-invented himself as an agent and is currently claiming to represent performer Michael Barrymore. In January this year, a Stage investigation revealed that Coxwell, who had been jailed for £500,000 of VAT fraud in 2009, was working under a new identity – Paul Parker. As Parker, he was serving as the chief executive of StageLive, which was operating the recently reopened Broadway Theatre in Peterborough.

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Theatres Trust seeks information on future of Little Germany Theatre

1st December 2011

The national advisory public body for theatres has contacted Bradford Council voicing concern over the future of the Little Germany Theatre, which is up for sale.

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Historic Bradford Playhouse hoping to stage a great comeback as Little Germany

1st December 2011

Next month the curtain will rise on a new era at the historic Little Germany Theatre. A vision for the venue, formerly Bradford Playhouse, will be announced at an open day marking the reopening of the Studio theatre. Rob Walters – whose company Be Wonderful Ltd took over the theatre when it went into liquidation, with historic debts of £300,000, in September – wants to strengthen and widen its role as a cultural hub and develop corporate and social use.

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Weymouth Pavilion: 'Make it pay or close it down'

1st December 2011

A simmering war of words over the performance of Weymouth Pavilion erupted when one councillor accused colleagues of “gross incompetence”. Peter Farrell made his remark during a broadside at members of the council’s management committee. He told them that the Pavilion overspend had gone up from about £370,000 in 2001 to £600,000 in 2011, a 60 per cent increase in just ten years.

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Event: Derby Theatre what can the future be? 10 December

30th November 2011

An Invitation from Gary Johnson.Theatre Manager, Derby Theatre. to attend ‘Derby Theatre: What Could the Future Be?’ to be held on Saturday, 10 December 2011 from 10:00 to 17:00.

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Event: Bristol Old Vic Public Meeting - What do you call your theatre? 7 December

30th November 2011

Bristol Old Vic is holding another Public Meeting on Wednesday 7th December, 7.30pm. It will be an opportunity to hear a little about the story of the building’s 245 years of nomenclature and, most importantly, a chance to tell them what it means to you, and why.

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Cameron calls for prompt decision on future of Witney Corn Exchange

30th November 2011

The future of Witney’s Corn Exchange will not be known before February despite the Prime Minister wanting it back open as soon as possible. The Corn Exchange closed on Thursday, November 10, because its heating and ventilation systems were in danger of “imminent failure” and safety fears. But the Grade II-listed building is also thought to need refurbishing and Witney Town Council is planning a series of inspections which are unlikely to be finished before early February.

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Amendments proposed for Royal National Theatre

30th November 2011

Planning application: 11/03643/FUL

The London Borough of Lambeth has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for the variation to Condition 2 (approved plans) of planning permission reference 10/02040/FUL (partial demolition of the existing building and associated internal and external alterations for the Royal National Theatre) granted on: 30.09.2010. The variation is sought to allow for minor material amendments to the development.

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.


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