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Arcola plans festival-style theatre tent in the heart of Dalston

25th July 2011

Arcola Theatre wants to open a 16 metre-tall temporary venue on derelict land near to its new home in Ashwin Street next Thursday (August 4), which will host circus acts, live art and fringe theatre over the next year. Bosses say they need to build the 400-seat tent because Arcola’s new auditorium can only hold 160 people and is too small to attract the UK’s top theatre companies.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's £1m mission to save arts includes a donation to London's Bush Theatre

25th July 2011

Andrew Lloyd Webber today tried to plug the funding gaps in the arts by handing out £1million to nurture the stars of the future. He also gives the Bush Theatre a one-off grant to help it turn the old Shepherd’s Bush public library into a new home.

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Gedling Council promise to retain Arnold Leisure Centre and Bonington Theatre

25th July 2011

Arnold Leisure Centre and the Bonington Theatre are staying open and staying where they are. There had been uncertainty about the future of Bonington Theatre earlier this year when the previous council administration put forward a proposal to develop a new leisure centre in Arnold. That proposal involved the possibility of relocating most of the facilities at Arnold, Redhill and Calverton Leisure Centre and Ponds Hill Lane Community Centre and closure of the theatre, but was shelved when a suitable site could not be found.

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London's Cochrane Theatre listing request denied

25th July 2011

English Heritage have been considering adding London’s Cochrane Theatre to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. They have taken into account all the representations made and completed an assessment of the building. Having considered their recommendation the Minister with responsibility in this matter, the Minister for Tourism and Heritage, has decided not to list the Cochrane Theatre.

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The Stage Blog: Take a leaf from the greens

22nd July 2011

The arts sector needs to follow the example of the environmental lobby and get to grips with economics if it is to win the argument for public funding, argues NESTA’s Hasan Bakhshi.

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Steve Marmion: How Soho Theatre plans to raise the bair

22nd July 2011

A year into his appointment as artistic director of Soho Theatre, Steve Marmion tells Alistair Smith how the venue is continuing to expand despite suffering a cut in funding and why the building’s watering hole has an important role to play as a meeting place for artists of different disciplines.

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Application submitted to statutory list London's Cochrane Theatre

22nd July 2011

Listed historic theatre asset submission

The Theatres Trust has submitted an application to English Heritage to nominate the Cochrane Theatre in London as a heritage asset for statutory listing.

The Trust has been reviewing theatres of the period and considers that the Cochrane meets the special criteria for designation set out in the English Heritage Culture and Entertainment Buildings Selection Guide produced by the Heritage Protection Department in March 2007. Read the Trust’s application to English Heritage to list the Cochrane Theatre.

English Heritage has now considered the application and completed an assessment of the building based on the material provided. Unfortunately, the Minister for Tourism and Heritage has decided not to add the Cochrane Theatre to the Statutory List at this time. Read the Minister’s decision.

To see how the English Heritage listing process works, please click here


Morecambe theatre high up on at-risk list

22nd July 2011

The Winter Gardens is high up on a list of at-risk theatres in the UK. The Theatres Trust 2011 Theatre Buildings At Risk register (TBAR) has mentioned the Grade II-listed Morecambe venue as one of the most “at risk” in the country, alongside the Brighton Hippodrome, Plymouth Palace, Burnley Empire and others.

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RSC announces Nigel Hugill as new chairman

22nd July 2011

Nigel Hugill has been chosen as the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new chairman. He will take over from Sir Christopher Bland, who will step down after seven years this autumn.

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‘At risk’ Isle of Wight Ryde Theatre may be sold

22nd July 2011

Ryde Theatre may be sold for other uses. Having failed to find an operator for the building it closed a year ago, the Isle of Wight Council has confirmed it is drawing up a list of alternative uses. Earlier this year a proposal for Platform One music college to take over the theatre collapsed as the college did not have enough money to renovate it. It came as the parlous state of the theatre was recognised on a national “at risk” register.

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