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Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre announces nearly £50m contribution to the local economy since opening two years ago

1st October 2013

The new Marlowe Theatre has contributed nearly £50million to the county’s economy since it opened two years ago. The venue announced it has seen audience figures jump 5.6% in the last year from 332,372 to 350,920. Friday marks the new Marlowe’s second anniversary, with figures showing average attendance was also up from 710 to 895 per performance in the main house in its second year.

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Demolition of 'eyesore' Chester building for theatre

1st October 2013

The demolition of an “eyesore” Chester office block, which is making way for a £37m theatre, has begun.

Commerce House, on Hunter Street, is being replaced by an 800-capacity auditorium, a library and cinema.Tom Perks, of Vale Park Contracts, said the removal of the 1960s-erected building was a “surgical deconstruction floor by floor”. The work is expected to take 18 weeks and up to 300 truck loads of rubble could be removed. Councillor Stuart Parker said the end of Commerce House, on Hunter Street, heralded the beginning of “an exciting new era.” He said the demolition would be “the first real signs” that work on the new theatre had begun.

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Oldham Coliseum is quids in

1st October 2013

Oldham Coliseum supporters have helped to raise £80,000 in two months, to help the theatre mount bigger and better shows like the current smash-hit “Chicago”.

The Your Coliseum Needs You campaign will fund ever-more ambitious stage productions, and help bosses implement a new teaching arm for the theatre. Supporters have donated more than £40,000, and Arts Council England has pledged to match that and any extra the theatre raises over the next year.

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Wiltons and the British Music Hall Society Weekend

29th September 2013

From Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd September, the celebrated Wilton’s Music Hall in London’s East End hosted the National Festival of Music Hall and Variety, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the British Music Hall Society. Founded in 1963 by Ray Mackender and my dear mate Gerald Glover, the society, a registered charity, is for everyone who is a fan of Music Hall and Variety.

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Never mind the builders, Arnold's Bonington Theatre reopens

28th September 2013

The 176-seat Bonington Theatre, in High Street, Arnold, reopened on September 27 after a £1.2m revamp, but work is still going on outside the building. The leisure centre, of which the theatre is part, has been having a £1.2 million renovation, but progress has been delayed and it is not yet open.

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Backstage Academy announces educational activity at PLASA

27th September 2013

Backstage Academy will be returning to the PLASA Show at its new location in London’s ExCel from 6th – 9th October where it will host several educational and informative events.

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Workington Theatre on track with £30,000 funding bid

27th September 2013

Workington’s Theatre Royal is in line for a possible £30,000 grant to help put it at the heart of the community. The Playgoers Club, based in the Washington Street venue, has had its stage-one bid for the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities Programme approved.

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Technical Theatre Awards debuts at PLASA

27th September 2013

Thanks to the generous support of PLASA and The Theatres Trust, the Technical Theatre Awards (TTAs) will be on stand A15 throughout PLASA promoting the event – and presenting the awards on stand A59 (Theatres Trust) on Tuesday 8th October from 5-7pm.

The TTAs is receiving great support from the industry, and more than ten major industry sponsors are generously sponsoring the Awards including AVW Controls, dbs solutions, Load Cell Rental, Mayflower, Philips Entertainment, PLASA, PRG, StageBitz, Stage Jobs Pro, The Fifth Estate and Triple E. TTA is also very kindly supported by Lighting and Sound International and The Theatres Trust.

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My Theatre Matters! campaign comes to York

27th September 2013

Actor and theatre director Samuel West will visit York Theatre Royal today as part of the My Theatre Matters! campaign. He is acting as a campaign figurehead and will meet Theatre Royal Founding Patron donors and audience members after tonight’s performance of Philip King’s comedy See How They Run to talk more about the campaign.

My Theatre Matters! has been created by The Stage newspaper, the Theatrical Management Association and Equity, the actors’ union, to mobilise audiences up and down the country in support of their local theatres.

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Office plan for Aberdeen's historic Capitol theatre

26th September 2013

It has played host to some of the biggest names in pop and rock from the Beatles to the Rolling Stones and Van Morrison. But today Aberdeen City Council’s planning authority approved plans to turn the historic Capitol Theatre on Union Street into a £30 million office complex. The ten storey building will, however, retain the building’s distinctive art deco facade.

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