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Maria Miller resigns as culture secretary

9th April 2014

Maria Miller has resigned as culture secretary following controversy over her expenses. In a letter to prime minister David Cameron today, Miller said that the “present situation has become a distraction from the vital work this government is doing to turn our country around”.

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The First Night Riders charity motorbike event revs up for 2014

9th April 2014

The First Night Riders charity motorbike and classic car tour of British theatres, which raises money for The Theatrical Guild’s vital work, has launched its 2014 event with a call for participants and sponsors.

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HOME Manchester announces site-specific theatre programme

9th April 2014

The first season of theatre commissioned by HOME, the new centre for visual arts, theatre and film, was announced today, Wednesday 9 April. Paving the way for the kind of theatre which will be seen when HOME opens in spring 2015, the productions are being overseen by Walter Meierjohann, the Artistic Director for theatre at HOME.

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50p for Culture Campaign launched

9th April 2014

Today the National Campaign for the Arts (NCA) launches a new campaign to safeguard and increase local authority investment in arts, museums and heritage. The NCA is bringing together new research, data analysis and a website where residents in England can find out how much local authorities plan to spend on culture in their area this year.

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Contest opens for £6m overhaul of Chapter Arts Centre

9th April 2014

A high-profile competition has been launched for the £6 million redevelopment of Cardiff’s prestigious Chapter Arts Centre Competition organiser Chapter Capital Alliance is on the hunt for an ‘inspirational’ architect-led design team for the regeneration and expansion of the venue in Canton, west Cardiff.

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Vincent Regan leads project to convert Beverley chapel

9th April 2014

A 100-year-old disused chapel in East Yorkshire is set to be converted into a theatre and cafe. Baptist Church in Beverley, which is a Grade II listed building, has been empty for more than a year. Plans by East Riding Theatre group to transform the building were approved by the council on Monday.

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Greenwich Borough Hall set for a major upgrade

8th April 2014

Application: 14/0354/F and 14/0355/L

Westminster City Council consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning and listed building applications for alterations and additions to The Borough Hall to create a multi-purpose performing arts centre. This proposal seeks to extend and upgrade the building by improving access and circulation and creating four separate performance areas. The Main Hall will be altered to provide a multipurpose theatre with 450 seats and the Minor Hall adapted into a 200-seat studio theatre. A new 100-seat studio theatre will be created in the underutilised basement and an additional storey will house the relocated dance studios. A scenery lift will be installed to improve the get-in and get-out, and additional office space will be created in the stage house.

The Trust supported the applications. Read the Trust’s response

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


MPs launch inquiry after research questions ineffective Government planning targets

8th April 2014

On Friday 4 April the Communities and Local Government Committee launched an inquiry into the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework. The inquiry follows research findings, published by the Committee today, that some local planning authorities may be meeting the Government’s planning performance targets despite being ineffective and displaying poor practice. The research also suggests that, although the NPPF has been broadly welcomed, a focus on good practice in local planning authorities is required if its potential is to be realised.

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Retrospective approval sought for development near Strand's Vaudeville

8th April 2014

Application: 14/01459/FULL

Westminster City Council consulted The Theatres Trust on the above retrospective planning application for the retention of air handling units at roof level of the property at 12 Maiden Lane adjoining the Vaudeville Theatre.

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

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


Making an entrance at the Novello

8th April 2014

Application: 13/12791/FULL and 13/12792/LBC

Westminster City Council consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning and listed building applications for re-lighting the external entrance canopy of the Novello Theatre.

The Trust supported the applications. Read the Trust’s response

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


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