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Southwark's Union Theatre saved from closure

8th May 2013

Network Rail will no longer be evicting the Union Theatre from its home in the railway arches. Network Rail applied to Southwark Council for planning permission to turn the Union Theatre into a restaurant. However, they confirmed recently that this planning application has been withdrawn and they will assist the theatre in carrying out refurbishment works.

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Event: ABTT Theatre Show 2013

8th May 2013

12 and 13 June 2013
Old Truman Brewery

The Theatres Trust is pleased to once again be exhibiting at the ABTT Theatre Show on the 12 and 13 June at the Old Truman Brewery in London. We will be in the Orange Hall on stand 147, so come along and meet Mhora Samuel, Theatres Trust Director, and Kate Carmichael, Resources Adviser.

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Lyme Regis theatre launches Raise the Roof fundraising campaign

8th May 2013

The Marine Theatre – which was bailed out by the council three years ago – has launched a fundraising campaign to raise £95,000 for a new roof. Raise the Roof! aims to generate the funds needed for substantial repairs to the 119-year-old Lyme Regis building.

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Deadline passes for UK City of Culture 2017 bids

8th May 2013

Aberdeen, Chester, Dundee, east Kent, Hastings and Bexhill-on-Sea, Hull, Leicester, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Southampton, Southend-on-Sea and Swansea Bay are all in the running for the UK City of Culture 2017.

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Park Theatre venue opens its doors in Finsbury Park

8th May 2013

London’s newest theatre, backed by Sir Ian McKellen, opens later with a performance of Melanie Marnich’s These Shining Lives. The Park Theatre, in Finsbury Park, received fundraising support from actors Sir Ian and Celia Imrie. The two-auditorium venue incorporates a 200-seat theatre – Park200 – and a flexible 90-seat space – Park90.

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Expansion plans for cultural centre in Barton

8th May 2013

Plans to expand The Ropewalk in Barton could lead to increased capacity for events. Officials at the Maltkiln Road venue have announced early-stage plans for development at the centre. The proposals would see an extension built at the north end of the site. It will mean an increase in seating capacity from 126 to 200 at the Ropery Hall entertainment venue, as well as a new foyer.

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Breakthrough hopes on Doncaster Grand Theatre

8th May 2013

Hopes that Doncaster’s historic Grand Theatre can re-open have taken a major step forward after talks over a possible deal. Discussions between the owners of the Victorian landmark and campaigners who want to turn it back into an entertainment venue have been held for the first time.

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Trust submits response to DCLG permitted development rights for change of use

8th May 2013

On 6 September 2012 the Government announced that new permitted development rights would be introduced to better enable change of use from commercial to residential purposes, as part of a package of measures to support economic growth. It builds on the policy set out in paragraph 51 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Alongside the new permitted development rights it was announced that local authorities would be given an opportunity to seek an exemption for specific parts of their locality. However, exemptions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances, where local authorities demonstrate clearly that the introduction of these new permitted development rights in a particular area will lead to the loss of a nationally significant area of economic activity or substantial adverse economic consequences at the local authority level which are not offset by the positive benefits the new rights would bring.

Read the Trust’s submission to the DCLG

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Theatr Stiwt loses thousands of pounds in funding

8th May 2013

The Arts Council of Wales has withdrawn £32,000 of funding from Theatr Stiwt in Rhos leaving a jam-packed programme under threat. Now theatre bosses are making an urgent plea to the public – use it or lose it. Paul Hanmer, chairman of the Stiwt Arts Trust, told a meeting of Rhos Community Council: “We are disappointed that we haven’t had it [funding], and it’s causing us to re-think our entire programme.

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Blog: How theatres can make everyone fight for the arts

8th May 2013

Local theatres must engage with their communities through education and participatory initiatives, thereby creating an army of advocates governments can’t ignore. Is the conversation around arts funding becoming more grown up? There are signs that it is, and it couldn’t come at a better time – just a couple of weeks after Maria Miller laid out her stall at the British Museum with a speech that clearly saw the value of the arts being in the contribution they make to boosting the economy blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian


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