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Maclesfield Cocoon theatre will be ‘world class’

14th September 2011

Plans have been unveiled for a world-class theatre which could transform the centre of Macclesfield. Named The Cocoon after its striking design, it takes the shape of a silk cocoon to reflect Macclesfield’s silk heritage. Attached to the 700-seat theatre would be a 150-strong performing arts college, rehearsal rooms for use by the community as well as a bar, shops, and restaurants, with the possibility of a hotel and residential space.

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Blog: Theatre dares to go digital

13th September 2011

Theatremakers’ use of digital technology is prone to malfunction, but without these pioneers, theatre would be a far duller place blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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New stage, studio and university accommodation for Portsmouth’s Theatre Royal

13th September 2011

Planning application: 11/00885/FUL

Portsmouth City Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for the construction of a 4 – 11 storey extension comprising of a fly tower and back-of-house facilities for the theatre; a performing arts centre for the University of Portsmouth and a student halls of residence at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth.

The Theatres Trust is currently considering the application.

To view details of the application online, please click here and enter the application number, then click Search.


Owner puts £6m price tag on the Peterborough Broadway

13th September 2011

The owner of Peterborough’s Broadway theatre has dramatically put the venue up for sale after the current management company failed to put on a show for more than a month. Rinaldo Fasulo, who bought the theatre for £9 million in 2004, has decided to cut his losses and put it on the market for £6 million. The news comes after more theatre goers turned up to the Broadway only to find another performance had been cancelled.

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Sleaford Playhouse theatre refurb complete

12th September 2011

Work has been completed on refurbishing Sleaford’s Playhouse theatre including installing new, more comfortable, raked seating. Sleaford Little Theatre, the amateur drama group which opened the theatre in Westgate 10 years ago, has been fundraising for the £33,000 project to improve comfort and sight lines for audiences sitting in the downstairs stalls, while increasing the size of the bar area.

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Plans to turn Woolwich nightclub, N-tyce on Wellington Street, into theatre and cinema

12th September 2011

Organisers behind plans to turn an old nightclub into a theatre say it could help Woolwich become a hipster hotspot. The proposals for the former N-tyce club on Wellington Street were due to be considered this month by a Greenwich Council planning board. But that meeting has been postponed until next month so more people can be consulted.

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New Theatre Director for White Rock Theatre, Hastings named

12th September 2011

HQ Theatres, the theatre management division of the Qdos Entertainment Group, has announced the appointment of Howard Barnes as the new Theatre Director of the White Rock Theatre in Hastings.

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Blog: Geordieland's theatrical phoenix spreads its bright new wings

12th September 2011

The Guardian Northerner’s arts specialist Alan Sykes hails a grand old Newcastle wonder – and a canny piece of gold-buying by those in charge of its restoration.

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Government publishes plans to cut entertainment licensing

12th September 2011

The government has published proposals to scrap many of the licensing regulations that campaigners claim are stifling live entertainment in the UK. The move was first mooted by tourism minister John Penrose in May of this year and the proposals have now been put out to consultation.

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Local government culture funding cut by £200m in 2010/11

12th September 2011

Local authority spending on culture fell by more than £200 million in 2010/11, according to figures just released by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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