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Stage set for more new homes in centre of Chatham on site of derelict theatre

1st March 2012

Affordable homes are to be built on the site of a derelict Kent Theatre Royal which once saw the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel grace its stage. The theatre was built in 1899 but has been unoccupied since its closure in 1955. A local campaign to restore the 3,000-seat venue to its former glory was eventually abandoned in 2002.

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Apollo Victoria Theatre to install new canopy lighting

29th February 2012

Planning Application: 12/00125/FULL

City of Westminster Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for the installation of lights to the exterior canopies on the Wilton Road and Vauxhall Bridge Road elevations.

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.


Blog: Innovative learning opportunity at New Diorama

29th February 2012

The New Diorama Theatre may be a fringe venue but it is only just north of Euston Road so it’s pretty central and accessible. And, since the departure of resident company Quicksilver last year after the axeing of that group’s ACE funding, director David Byrne has worked indefatigably to put the venue on the map without the specificity of a single resident company blogs Susan Elkin from The Stage.

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New arts venue In a lorry container for Deptford

29th February 2012

There’s a new venue on the New Cross/Deptford border – a 40ft lorry container. Yes, a lorry container. It will host live music, poetry readings, theatre, a cinema club, and comedy bingo from someone who goes by the name of Frog Morris.

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Group bid to keep Darlington Arts Centre open

29th February 2012

A community group has come up with a plan to save Darlington Arts Centre which is due to close after the council withdrew its £500,000-a-year subsidy. However, the council said even this would require substantial funding. It described the closure plan, which is set to be finalised on 1 March, as a “difficult decision”. The centre, on Vane Terrace, will close in July and be put up for sale, with the proceeds put back into arts funding in the area.

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No home secured for Islington’s Precinct Theatre

29th February 2012

Planning application: P112904

The London Borough of Islington has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for the variation of condition 19 (temporary sales unit) and condition 21 (A1/D1 use proportional split) and deletion of condition 20 (division of A1/D1 floorspace) of outline planning permission P110642 dated 02/09/2011 for the Packington Estate. The application involves Precinct Theatre which is on the Packington Estate.

The Theatres Trust objected to the application. Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning application online, please click here and enter the application number, then click search.

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Charities urged to claim back millions in green tax

29th February 2012

UK charities are being urged to claim back millions of pounds in green taxes, which they are unwittingly paying for through their energy bills. Business-to-business energy broker Make It Cheaper says many UK charities are paying the wrong VAT rate on their energy and are incorrectly paying for the Climate Change Levy (CCL), a carbon tax designed to encourage businesses to reduce their energy consumption or use energy from renewable sources. It estimates charities paid up to £78 million in unnecessary tax last year through incorrect billing from their energy suppliers.

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Fears for future of Ilford’s Kenneth More Theatre as business plan drawn up

29th February 2012

A business plan aimed at securing the future of the Kenneth More Theatre (KMT) is being drawn up, but its former manager has predicted the community will “lose” the 38-year-old venue because of cuts in funding. Redbridge Council has agreed to extend the lease of the building in Oakfield Road, Ilford, for up to 35 years and as part of its formal submission for a new lease, the Kenneth More Theatre must produce a business plan.

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£2.5m multi-use centre unveiled in Fife

29th February 2012

A new multi-purpose arts and sports facility in Lochgelly, Scotland, has been unveiled by Fife Council and ON at Fife following the completion of a £2.5m transformation. Lochgelly Centre incorporates a 415-seat theatre; a studio; a sports hall; art rooms; and a visual arts exhibition space, with the building featuring a new single-storey extension.

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Talk: Newcastle Theatre Royal secrets exposed at Plasa Focus 17 April

28th February 2012

Experts behind the restoration of Newcastle’s Theatre Royal will disclose the secrets of the project’s success at PLASA Focus, Leeds on Tuesday 17 April. The seminar, which kicks off at 1pm in the Bury Theatre, forms part of the new PLASA Focus Professional Development Programme. It will see Jon Woodley of Charcoalblue Theatre Consultants heading up an expert panel comprising: Peter Hall from Sansome Hall Architects, Theatresearch’s David Wilmore and Mark Priestley from Unusual Rigging.

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