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Fundraising begins for new Hull theatre

1st February 2013

A new theatre in Beverley is appealing for sponsorship after hosting its first fundraiser. The East Riding Theatre will open this year in the old chapel on Lord Roberts Road. A mid-winter festival was held last month at a number of venues to promote the new theatre.

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Abbeydale Picture House plans to become climbing venue

1st February 2013

The new owner of a Grade II-listed former theatre and dance hall in Sheffield wants to turn the building into an indoor climbing centre. The Abbeydale Picture House was bought by Phil Robins at an auction for £150,000 in October after it was repossessed by a bank. He plans to put smaller walls in the main auditorium and two 65ft (20m) climbing walls in the building’s tower. Mr Robins said he was about to submit a planning application to apply for change of use for the building.

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Kevin Spacey to leave the Old Vic theatre with £20million

1st February 2013

Kevin Spacey, the Hollywood actor, plans to raise £20?million for the Old Vic before he steps down as the artistic director of the London theatre in 2015.

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Online application is now open to design a temporal sustainable theatre

1st February 2013

Could You Design a Sustainable Theatre? Online application is now open for a competition to design a temporal sustainable theatre, to be built in Cardiff, as part of the World Stage Design 2013 festival. This competition is open to students and emerging practitioners from across all related disciplines; theatre architects, technicians and scenographers should all see this as an opportunity to develop and apply their practice.

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Open-air venue planned on site of Shakespearean theatre remains

1st February 2013

An amphitheatre is being planned in north London on the site where a 16th century theatre that hosted the premiere of Henry V used to exist. The remains of the Curtain Theatre – which was the base for the Lord Chamberlain’s Men before they moved to the Globe on Bankside – were discovered last year during an archaeological dig. Following this revelation, the site’s developer now wants to build a 250-seat open-air theatre with an accompanying underground museum and exhibition space.

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National Theatre announces opening of ‘The Shed’ temporary venue

1st February 2013

As the National Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary year, a temporary auditorium called ‘The Shed’ will open in Theatre Square. The NT has announced that the temporary 250-seat auditorium will present new work by theatre-makers familiar to the NT as well as emerging voices. The Shed will enable the NT to maintain a full programme during the closure of the Cottesloe Theatre between February 2012 and April 2014. The revamped auditorium will be known as the Dorfman after Lloyd Dorfman.

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Arts organisations braced for belt-tightening as Arts Council passes on Government cuts

31st January 2013

More than 700 arts organisations supported by Arts Council England will receive a letter tomorrow detailing significant cuts in financial support as a result of an £11.6m reduction in its Government funding.

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Save Salford Victoria Theatre: campaign update

31st January 2013

Salford Online have we asked David Dewsnip from the Save The Victoria Theatre Group what progress was taking place.

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Bush Theatre and Hackney Empire awarded venue repair grants

30th January 2013

London’s Bush Theatre and Hackney Empire are among those venues that have been awarded funds in the second round of the Theatres Trust’s small grants scheme. Both theatres will receive around £5,000 each, which the Bush Theatre will use to install new boilers and improve its heating system and Hackney Empire will put towards repairing the front facade of its building and making the roof extension watertight.

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Call for support over Dudley Hippodrome

30th January 2013

Dudley Hippodrome campaigners are making a fresh plea for support after re-arranging a public meeting previously cancelled due to bad weather.

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