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Mobile phone use 'unacceptable' at the theatre

26th September 2013

Checking a mobile phone during a performance is considered the least acceptable behaviour in a theatre, according to new survey. The State of Play: Theatre UK report said theatregoers aged 25-34 were most guilty of checking their phones during a play. More than a quarter of people surveyed admitted they had done it at least once.

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Sheringham Little Theatre cafe set for eight week closure during revamp

26th September 2013

The coffee bar at Sheringham Little Theatre is set to shut for eight weeks for a major revamp of the cafe and box office. The £76,000 scheme will provide improved facilities for theatre goers and visitors dropping in for a snack.

During the work, which starts on Monday, the box office will relocate to a temporary home near the stage door in Station Road. The cafe will have a reopening ceremony on November 30 in readiness for the busy pantomime season.

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Derelict New Malden theatre to be sold off

26th September 2013

A former community theatre in New Malden looks set to be sold off after falling into disrepair. Barton Green Theatre, in Elm Road, will go on the open market if Kingston Council agrees to dispose of the mock-Tudor building as a surplus asset.

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Ticketmaster Report: theatre audiences getting younger and more experimental

26th September 2013

UK theatre audiences are younger and more experimental than is commonly thought, according to new research published by Ticketmaster. The report, State of Play: Theatre, marks the first major investigation into the sector by the world’s largest ticketing company and mixes information from its own ticket transaction data with survey responses from a representative sample of the UK population, as well as a selection of theatregoers from abroad. Unlike previous surveys, it covers theatregoing across the whole of the UK and includes responses from non-attenders.

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Theatre Royal Plymouth "good for 40 years" after £7m revamp

26th September 2013

The city’s new-look theatre is good for 40 years after a £7million update, the venue’s boss says. The Theatre Royal Plymouth reopens tonight after being closed since April for the regeneration project.

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More space for patrons at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

26th September 2013

Application: 13/07073/FULL

Westminster City Council consulted The Theatres Trust on the above application to create more space for patrons at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane by converting the unused portico roof space into an outdoor terrace.

The Theatres Trust supports the application. Read the Trust’s response

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


Campaign launched to win lottery cash for Spanish City Dome

25th September 2013

A campaign has been launched to secure lottery funding to help restore an historic landmark, the Spanish City Dome, in Whitley Bay. The scheme includes a children’s activity centre, restaurant, cafe and retail units inside the 1910 dome. Earlier this year, a bid for lottery cash to pay towards the restoration work was turned down. A £3.5m grant was needed for the project.

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Fears historic Hippodrome in Brighton could be lost forever as venue placed on 'most at risk' list

25th September 2013

A listed Victorian venue which has hosted The Beatles and The Rolling Stones has been named one of the most “at risk” theatres in the country. The Grade II* listed Hippodrome, in Middle Street, Brighton, has been empty since 2007. Despite £18 million plans to bring the building back into use as an eight-screen cinema, TheTheatres Trust fears the venue could disappear forever if urgent works are not carried out.

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Charcoalblue magic shines at The Leys School's prestigious Great Hall

25th September 2013

Problem-solving theatre consultancy Charcoalblue has collaborated with Bland, Brown and Cole architects to inject its bespoke brand of design sorcery to create Cambridge’s The Leys School’s new £9m Great Hall.

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Bolton's Octagon aiming to be named 'Britain's most welcoming theatre'

25th September 2013

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle calls its work one of the wonders of the world, acclaimed actress Maxine Peake deems it atmospheric and TV favourite Sue Johnston hailed it as a jewel in Bolton’s crown. Now the Octagon Theatre is hoping to add the title of Britain’s Most Welcoming Theatre to its list of plaudits.

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