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West End's first new theatre for 30 years to be built at Tottenham Court Road

20th April 2012

The site of a former pickle factory is set to become the location of a new theatre in London’s West End. The venue will be the first in the area for 30 years, after Westminster City Council approved the plans. The development above Tottenham Court Road station on Oxford Street will also include offices and shops. The venue is expected to open in 2020.

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Taxpayers hit by £700,000 bill for Theatre Severn

20th April 2012

Taxpayers are to subsidise the Theatre Severn to the tune of almost £700,000 – an increase on the amount paid in the last year, new figures revealed today. Shropshire Council has set aside £693,190 to spend on supporting the theatre in Frankwell in the current financial year – up from £526,460 in the previous 12 months. Council bosses today defended the spending, saying that Theatre Severn has brought in millions to the local economy since opening its doors in March 2009.

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£15m bill to bring Derby Hippodrome back to former theatre glory

20th April 2012

A £15.4 million restoration to make the former Hippodrome into a West End-style theatre is financially possible, according to a study. In December, city architect firm Lathams was appointed by the Hippodrome Restoration Trust to carry out an appraisal on the future of the grade two listed building in Green Lane. Lathams worked with PHT Consultants on three main options.

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European Commission visits the ECOVENUE ERDF Project

19th April 2012

On the 19 April Commissioner Hahn and a delegation from the EC visited The Theatres Trust ERDF funded ECOVENUE Project. The visit took place at the Old Vic, one of the fourty-eight participants in the project. The afternoon kicked off with an introduction to the ECOVENUE Project, was followed by a Green Energy discussion and followed up by a tour of energy efficient measures made at the Old Vic.

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Campaigners hope for Derby Hippodrome restoration

19th April 2012

Campaigners trying to save the Derby Hippodrome are optimistic after a report found it was possible to restore the derelict building. An architect’s study found the theatre could be renovated at a cost of £15m. Joan Travis, of the Hippodrome Restoration Trust, said the theatre could be Derby’s “jewel in the crown”.

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Belfast's new arts venue the MAC prepares to open

19th April 2012

The Belfast MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre), which cost £18m, is due open in the Cathedral Quarter on 19 April. The building contains two theatres, three visual art galleries, a dance studio, workshops, a cafe and a bar. The MAC’s chief executive, Anne McReynolds, said the centre would give the public free access to “world class art” seven days a week.

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Dorchester Brewery Square cultural quarter redevelopment plans approved

19th April 2012

Councillors have approved plans for phase 3 of the £100m redevelopment of a Dorset town centre. The development will create a cultural quarter, including a hotel, shops, restaurants, a theatre, fountain and ice rink.

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Vision for Tewkesbury cultural hub revealed

19th April 2012

Tewkesbury theatre and library could join forces to create a cultural hub. Giving a presentation about how the theatre’s development plan was progressing, she said linking up with the library would form an important part of the overall £3.7 million scheme. The idea would be to create a link building to fill in the gap that exists between the theatre and library in Sun Street. It would contain a 140-seat studio theatre, enabling live performances and workshops to take place and a visual arts gallery to be set up.

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A new school theatre with a difference at Cobham's Notre Dame

19th April 2012

The performing arts are a vital part of life for girls at the Notre Dame School in Cobham. So when the Governors took the major decision to create a new theatre, members of the school’s Performing Arts Committee enrolled help not only of Sisters, pupils, parents and teachers to contribute to the planning and realisation of the new facility, but also called in theatre consultants, Theatreplan, from the start.

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Aberdeen’s Tivoli revealed after revamp

19th April 2012

The Tivoli Theatre, on Aberdeen’s Guild Street, has been made wind and watertight, and its frontage has also been brought back to its former glory.

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