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Churches eye new Portsmouth site as they reveal merger plan details that could affect St Peter's Theatre

7th July 2011

Church leaders have revealed their decision to build a new ‘landmark’ place of worship in Portsmouth’s city centre. The proposed development will replace St Peter’s and St Luke’s churches, in Somers Town and Southsea, bringing together their two congregations in a modern building. The announcement has caused concern for those fighting to save St Peter’s Theatre.

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Listed building consent for Chester Odeon proposals

7th July 2011

Hunter Street, a subsidiary of the Barnsley-based Brook Group, has welcomed the approval by Cheshire West & Chester Council of its listed building application to work on the old cinema site. The listed building approval came despite the recent planning committee refusal of the application for change of use.

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New Chief Executive Kate Longmate starts at The Georgian Theatre Royal.

7th July 2011

The Georgian Theatre Royal is at the beginning of a new and exciting chapter as Kate Longmate starts her position as the Chief Executive of the oldest working Theatre in the UK. Kate, who was born in Otley and raised in Whitby, has returned to North Yorkshire after working most recently at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh.

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Chester Odeon cinema developers vow to fight on

7th July 2011

Developers behind rejected plans to transform the former Odeon cinema into a multi-million pound nightspot have vowed to fight on. Last month, planning officers gave the thumbs down to a proposal by owners Brook Leisure to turn the Northgate Street building into a 466-seat theatre, cinema, performance space, restaurant, cafe and bars. The application had been recommended for refusal as it was claimed the £6 million development would be “wholly out of character and scale” with existing businesses in the surrounding area.

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Theatr Colwyn revamp delayed

7th July 2011

The £750,000 revamp of a theatre has been delayed several months due to structural problems. Extra work at the 350-seat Theatr Colwyn will cost tens of thousands of pounds – but bosses insist it’s within the redevelopment’s budget. The theatre in Colwyn Bay was due to reopen in the spring, but work is now due for completion in August, with bookings already taken for September.

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Blog: Dark clouds and a silver lining for the north-west's outdoor theatre

7th July 2011

Arts cuts spell curtains for the Dukes theatre’s alfresco events in Lancaster, but Chester’s new open-air arena ensures the show goes on, rain or shine blogs Alfred Hickling for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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Craig-y-Nos Castle, home of opera star Adelina Patti, put on the market for £1.5m

6th July 2011

Craig-y-Nos Castle, which once belonged to one of the world’s greatest opera stars, has been put up for sale for £1.5m. The creation of world-famous 19th-century singer Adelina Patti, the opera house at the heart of the massive neo-Gothic complex in Pen-y-Cae, in the Swansea Valley, remains a resplendent testimony to her vision.

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Wellingborough Castle Theatre to remain under current management

6th July 2011

Wellingborough councillors decided to go against officers’ recommendations and agreed in principle to continue with the theatre’s present management, rather than award a 10-year contract to Phoenix Leisure Management Ltd. The Castle theatre’s chief executive Gail Arnott and board member Rae Leveny appealed to councillors to continue to allow it to be led by charitable organisation The Castle Wellingborough Ltd, which has run it since it opened in 1995.

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Kent blames arts cuts as he steps down from Tricycle

6th July 2011

Nicolas Kent is resigning as artistic director of the Tricycle Theatre in London after 27 years, citing funding cuts as the “sole reason” for leaving.

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New roof extension to the Marquis of Granby

6th July 2011

“Planning application: 2011/1704/P*

The Theatres Trust have been made aware of the planning application above, which relates to the Marquis of Granby. The building was designed by theatre architects Wylson and Long. The application is for the roof extension and use of a fourth storey for residential occupancy or the dual use for either Class A3 or A4 of the ground floor and basement 36-38 West Street.

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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