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Haworth Tompkins’ Battersea Arts Centre overhaul plans revealed

20th June 2013

Haworth Tompkins has submitted plans to overhaul the Grade II*-listed Battersea Arts Centre in south-west London. A courtyard theatre, linked performance stages and short-term homes for 24 artists are planned to transform EW Mountford’s former town hall.

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The tortoise & the hare: The Shed by Haworth Tompkins

20th June 2013

Haworth Tompkins’ Shed runs rings around the National Theatre, but is it more than a sideshow? asks Felix Mara in Architects Journal


Stockton Globe renovation plans wait on lottery grant

19th June 2013

The company behind a proposed £4m renovation of Stockton’s Globe Theatre has “no plan B” should the project fail to secure lottery funding. Stuart Monk, managing director of the Globe’s owner Jomast, said the firm was confident an application for Heritage Lottery Fund cash would be successful.

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Nimax chief Nica Burns urges extra protection for theatres

19th June 2013

Theatre leaders should lobby the government for mandatory consultation on new developments close to venues to stop their operations from being threatened, Nimax Theatres chief executive Nica Burns has said.

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New TCPA guidance: ‘Improving culture, arts and sporting opportunities through planning

19th June 2013

Culture, art and sports have long been used to drive regeneration, build cohesive communities and improve the image of our villages, towns and cities. This cross-sector guidance, ‘Improving culture, arts and sporting opportunities through planning: a good practice guide’, led by leading planning charity the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), has brought together bodies from across the planning, culture, arts and sporting professions to help achieve better cultural and leisure offers in our communities.

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Trimleys: Memorial Hall fire follows Three Mariners Blaze

19th June 2013

A public hall has been severely damaged by fire in a village near Felixstowe – the second major blaze in the area in as many days.

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John Studzinski: The banker marrying business and the arts

19th June 2013

John Studzinski is helping to nurture young theatre directors. He’s a living example of how commerce and culture can sit comfortably together.

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Scarborough Futurist theatre 'beyond point' of refurbishment

18th June 2013

A consultancy firm commissioned by the council, said the 92-year-old venue needed “considerable investment”, which the authority could not justify. In December 1963 the Beatles performed at The Futurist and other stars who have trodden the boards at the 2,000-seat theatre include Morecambe and Wise, Shirley Bassey and Ken Dodd.

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Fresh hope in Derby Hippodrome battle

18th June 2013

The row over the future of Derby Hippodrome has taken a dramatic turn after special legal status was granted to a group which wants to buy and restore it. But owner Christopher Anthony, who ordered work which partially demolished the former theatre four years ago, has made a move that could block the campaigners’ plans.

A council spokeswoman said that the owner of any building listed as a community asset was not obliged to accept a bid for the property. The council has spent £150,000 on court proceedings and safety works related to the site in the past five years.

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More volunteers join the ranks of Minehead's Regal Theatre

18th June 2013

Trustees of the Regal Theatre in Minehead invited new volunteers to join its ranks of more than 200 regular co-workers. Since the theatre re-opened after the new lift and box office were completed earlier this year, audiences have steadily increased.

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