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New look for former Ipswich Rep after major pub refurbishment

26th October 2013

The Rep, formerly the town’s repertory theatre, in Tower Street, became a pub after the band new Wolsey Theatre was built. Now owners Greene King have made a major investment and it has re-opened again ready for the run up to Christmas.

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Are developers destroying London's South Bank?

25th October 2013

Proposals to redevelop the area around the Royal Festival Hall are misguided and will have serious repercussions for the capital, argues Ellis Woodman for The Telegraph.


Work begins on tearing down exterior of BCCA building

25th October 2013

Demolition of Boscombe’s BCCA building moved closer with work to the former community centre’s exterior under way. Last week campaigners dressed in Victorian clothes held a mock funeral march for the Bournemouth Centre for Community Arts, which has faced demolition since plans for affordable homes were approved in June last year.

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Narrow rejection for Bournemouth Pavilion Gardens revisions

25th October 2013

Proposals to change the design of the Pavilion Gardens leisure complex in Bournemouth have been narrowly rejected despite being earlier recommended for approval by planning officers. In August 2013, Osborne returned with amended proposals to satisfy what it called changing market needs, expectations and design considerations.

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Bangor performing arts centre gets go-ahead

24th October 2013

A £12m performing arts and technology innovation centre has been given the go-ahead in County Down. The facility will be built opposite the South Eastern Regional College campus in Bangor, and is due to open in 2015. It will feature a theatre and rehearsal studios, along with teaching facilities for students to learn about technology.

Plans for the facility were shelved in 2010, but Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry said he had secured the necessary funding. The centre will have rehearsal and production studios and will have the capability to stage professional productions.

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Broadway Theatre in Peterborough to reopen

24th October 2013

A theatre in Peterborough which has been closed for two years, will open its doors again after securing a deal with a major West End producer.

Bill Kenwright, who is also the chairman of Everton Football Club, has announced a run of eight shows at the Broadway Theatre, starting on October 30th. The deal will see stars such as Will Young and Marti Pellow treading the boards in the city.

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Letter: Pitiful plans for my Brighton rock

24th October 2013

Letter published in The Stage 24 October 20013 It is with great sadness that I read in your columns of the proposed demolition of the Brighton Hippodrome theatre, the 1,400-seat venue in Middle Street (Hippodromes top Theatre Buildings at Risk Register 2013, September 19, front page). I was its last manager before it was turned into a commercial film centre for making television adverts and subsequently converted into a bingo hall.

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Funding fears over theatre in Chester

24th October 2013

Fresh fears have been raised over the finances behind the new theatre for Chester. Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) has already downsized the ambitious proposals to convert the Odeon building into a theatre, library and cultural centre. But opposition councillors are not convinced the figures stack up for the £37.5m project and worry where the near £1m annual subsidy will come from.

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Corwen Pavilion's fate still undecided

23rd October 2013

The future of a Denbighshire town’s community building remains undecided with campaigners vowing to fight plans that would see it demolished. Corwen Pavilion closed in March 2010 because of health and safety issues. Repairs were estimated at £1.3m and Denbighshire council planned to demolish it and pass the land to a community group to build a new venue. But the demolition was delayed by a court injunction and the council will now discuss the issue next month.

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Green Light for The First Night Riders' 2014 dates

23rd October 2013

The First Night Riders charity motorbike and classic car adventure, which raises money to help The Theatrical Guild support backstage and front of house staff, has announced new dates for 2014.

Organisers David and Brenda Edelstein, from track systems specialist Triple E, will be leading next year’s event and are inviting riders and classic car enthusiasts to join them from 20-23 June 2014. Next year will be the fifth time the First Night Riders have toured the UK, setting off from a London location (TBC) and visiting some of the UK’s most fascinating theatres and theatre suppliers.

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