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Ludlow Assembly Rooms receives anonymous funding boost

28th June 2011

The future of Ludlow Assembly Rooms had been in doubt after Arts Council England cut its annual £60,000 grant, but the theatre has been celebrating after receiving £50,000 from an anonymous donor. Director Paula Redway said the donation would be delivered in five annual installments of £10,000. She added that a further £30,000 had been donated to the venue at a fundraising event at the weekend.

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Leek developers to press ahead on multiple leisure plans

28th June 2011

Residents in a town which has been without a major entertainment centre for decades, could soon have a choice of venues. Two rival multi-million pound projects are forging ahead in Leek. Developers are poised to submit a formal planning application for a Staffordshire Moorlands District Council-backed multi-million pound cinema and bowling alley on the High Street car park. Meanwhile, four investors who have deposited £7.4 million in a bank ready to redevelop the town’s Foxlowe building, are pressing ahead with their plans.

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Christopher Haydon is the Gate’s new artistic director

28th June 2011

Christopher Haydon has been appointed as the new artistic director of London’s Gate Theatre. He will take over from current joint artistic directors Natalie Abrahami and Carrie Cracknell, who will step down in January 2012 after nearly five years in their posts.

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Noises off: Why can't artists and administrators get along?

28th June 2011

Can the uneasy marriage between playwrights and those who help promote their work be patched up? This week’s Noises Off is riven with internecine conflict. In the red corner: playwrights and artists; in the blue: arts administrators and marketers. The seemingly never-ending war between those who make the work and those who run the theatres has broken out again blogs Chris Wilkinson for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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Aldwych Theatre to alter internal box office

28th June 2011

Listed Building Application: 11/05037/LBC

Westminster City Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above listed building application for the removal of part of the internal box office.

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.


Final revisions to the plasterworks for the London Hippodrome

28th June 2011

The Theatres Trust have been consulted by Montagu Evans with revised drawings in relation to the plasterworks at the London Hippodrome.

The Theatres Trust supported the application. Read the Trust’s response


Harrogate Theatre to install tanking system in the Stalls Bar to prevent further water ingress

28th June 2011

Listed Building Application: 11/01964/SOSLB

Harrogate Borough Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above listed building application for internal alterations to the Harrogate Theatre, to include the installation of a tanking system and the removal of a wall and door.

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.


Wimbledon Theatre to install a temporary portable building for extra office space

28th June 2011

Planning Application: 11/P1540

London Borough of Merton has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application on the installation of a two storey portable building, which is to be used as office accommodation for a period of one year.

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.


Sir Alan Ayckbourn's archive to go online

27th June 2011

Thousands of items from playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s archive will be made available to the public online after being bought by the University of York. They include manuscripts giving an insight into the creative process of Sir Alan, who wrote Bedroom Farce, The Norman Conquests and Woman in Mind. Sir Alan said he hoped the material would provide “a fertile ground for ideas and inspire people to write”.

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£750K plan to revamp Blackwood Miners' Institute nears approval

27th June 2011

Vital work to save Blackwood’s iconic grade II listed miners institute is set to get the green light this week, as Caerphilly council’s cabinet is expected to rubber-stamp a £750,000 repair programme. The work will see the building made watertight, with the roof, defective flooring and 200 seats in the main auditorium all replaced. Its reception area will also be decorated and the facility will be modified to incorporate energy-efficiency technologies.

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