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Blog: Curtain raisers - visions of a future theatre

29th November 2011

What will the theatres of the future look like? Will purpose-built venues dedicated to one art form be obsolete? Will they be cross-purpose social spaces where art is just one of many things on offer? Will they be entirely interactive, offering experiences that continue beyond the theatre walls? Will they open all hours, allowing people to visit at times that suit them, as one might do at the Edinburgh fringe? Or will theatres be entirely itinerant, unshackled to any one particular physical space?Nicholas Kenyon was among theatre leaders debating the need for arts venues to evolve, open up and incorporate other facilities blogs Natasha Tripney for The Stage Theatre Blog.

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Tied to the kitchen sink: should theatre space remain sacred?

29th November 2011

In part four of the Secret diary of a playwright series, Steve Waters ponders the notion of theatres as homes and adjusts to the Bush theatre’s new venue.

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Two men arrested over Derby Hippodrome theatre fire

28th November 2011

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire at a theatre in Derby. Crews from six stations were called to the fire at the Grade II-listed Hippodrome in Green Lane at about 03:30 GMT on Saturday. Fifteen people were evacuated from nearby homes and a large part of the city centre had to be closed off. The men, aged 19 and 23, remain in police custody and will be questioned later.

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First ‘super library’ opens in Southwark and includes a 150-seat Culture Space

28th November 2011

A brand new multi-million pound library has opened in Southwark which council bosses say is the shape of libraries to come – Canada Water library, designed by world renowned architect Piers Gough, In a first for London, visitors to the library will not only get their fix of books, music CDs and films but will also be able to enjoy day and night time theatre performances, run by the Albany, Deptford’s renowned performing arts venue, in the 150 seater theatre and culture space.

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Launch of The Theatre Fund: An innovative way to invest in London’s West End Theatre

28th November 2011

The Theatre Fund, a new alternative to the traditional theatre investment model, will launch in November 2011. Advised by Act Productions Limited, an established leading theatre producer, The Theatre Fund will give individual investors the opportunity to participate in the continuing success of West End theatre production.

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Kingston Rose overhauls management structure

28th November 2011

Kingston’s Rose Theatre has apppointed Robert O’Dowd as its new chief executive. O’Dowd replaces David Fletcher, who is stepping down as executive director in 2012, and he will also take over the chief executive function currently undertaken by artistic director Stephen Unwin.

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Skegness Embassy to benefit from £600,000 foreshore revamp

27th November 2011

Plans for a £600,000 revamp of a Lincolnshire seafront have been approved by councillors. East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) has agreed to fund the project on the foreshore at Skegness. The exterior of the Embassy Theatre will be revamped and railings and lampposts will be repainted.

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Worthing theatres to stay in council hands

26th November 2011

Three theatres in a West Sussex seaside town are to remain in the control of the council despite fears that budget cuts could threaten their future. Worthing Borough Council asked for bids to run the Pavilion and Connaught theatres and the Assembly Hall in May. It said 17 had been received, but none offered sufficient savings for the council, which needs to cut £4.5m from its overall budget over three years.

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Derby Hippodrome theatre damaged in fire

26th November 2011

An investigation has begun into a fire which damaged a listed theatre in Derby. Crews from six stations were called to the fire at the Hippodrome in Green Lane at about 3:30 GMT. Due to concerns about the building’s safety officers would not be able to enter it for a number of days, Derbyshire Police said. The area around the derelict Grade II-listed theatre remains closed.

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London's Blackheath Halls appeals for more community support

25th November 2011

Blackheath Halls was near to closure earlier this year after its funding was cut in the midst of the economic downturn. A late grant meant it survived but now backers are urging south-east Londoners to support events to prevent the curtain coming down for good.

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