The Theatres Trust

Bright future for Basildon's Towngate Theatre

20th January 2012

The large Towngate Theatre sign located on the back of the theatre will be relit today following repair work. Removed in early December the sign which is visible from the road, and by train when coming into the town has been located on the fly tower of the theatre since it first opened in 1988. One of a number of planned improvements taking place at the theatre the sign has been repaired and refurbished.

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Windows and decorative mouldings to be restored at the Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells

20th January 2012

Listed Building Application: P2011/1355

Powys County Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above listed building application to replace windows on Wyeside Arts Centre’s West elevation, along with the restoration of decorative tympanum mouldings above two of the windows.

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.


Chester delays new theatre in former Odeon to 2015

20th January 2012

Plans for a new theatre in Chester have been delayed by at least four years, after the local council announced that a replacement for the city’s Gateway Theatre was not expected until 2015. The city has been without a theatre since the Gateway closed in March 2007. At the time, a new performing arts centre was promised to open in 2011 as part of the Northgate Development, a city centre regeneration project.

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Little interest from possible buyers in Brampton's crumbling playhouse

20th January 2012

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Little interest from possible buyers in Brampton’s crumbling playhouse
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Suffolk Coastal District Council Spa Pavilion Theatre Felixstowe Options Appraisal reports

19th January 2012

Exempt reports for Cabinet meeting held on 6 December 2011 (CAB 51/11) relating to the options appraisal of the Felixstowe Spa Pavilion were released on 19 January 2012.

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Is subsidised theatre losing its appeal?

19th January 2012

The number of theatergoers at subsidised venues fell from 14.1 million in 2009 to 13 million last year, according to Arts Council England. While London theatres attracted slightly higher audience figures than venues outside the capital, away from London, total audiences have fallen by more than ten per cent over the two-year period. Theatres where non-national companies perform have fared even worse – reporting a 13 per cent audience decline.

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Death sentence hanging over Hackney's Mildmay Social Club from Hanover development

19th January 2012

A historical community hub in Stoke Newington still has a “death sentence” hanging over it, after a time extension for planning permission to build six townhouses next door was awarded by Hackney Council last week. The Mildmay Social Club in Newington Green which is owned by its 200 members has been around since 1888, hosts social gatherings like wedding receptions, as well as being a popular location for films like Made in Dagenham. It has a theatre upstairs.

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Staffordshire's New Vic Theatre hit with 10% funding cut proposal

19th January 2012

Staffordshire’s New Vic Theatre is facing a 10% year-on-year funding cut from its local council. Stoke-on-Trent City Council has published budget proposals that reveal plans to reduce its grants to three arts organisations – the New Vic, Stoke-on-Trent Music Festival and the Make Some Noise youth festival – by 10% year on year.

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Westminster completes West End parking u-turn

19th January 2012

Westminster Council has performed a permanent u-turn on plans to impose evening and Sunday parking charges in the West End, to the relief of Theatreland. The proposals, which would have seen charging extended until midnight from Monday to Saturday and introduced between 1pm and 6pm on Sundays, were deeply unpopular among theatre staff and managers.

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£53,000 council funding to repair Glasgow Citizens theatre

19th January 2012

Glasgow’s leading theatres, The Citizens, is to benefit from £53,000 in repair work from the city council. The theatre, in the Gorbals, needs an “extensive list of repairs” which need to be “addressed in order to safeguard the future of the theatre in the long term”. Urgent health and safety repairs at the theatre will now be paid for by the money from the council’s Common Good Fund.

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