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Godalming Rotunda - the final curtain, the fat lady and a new dawn

13th September 2012

Letter from the Godalming Rotunda Theatre campaign. ’ll keep this brief. This is the post that I never wanted to write and thought that I never would have to write. However, barring an extraordinary turnaround, as of this week The Rotunda will no longer be for sale and instead of its own designated 200 seat professional arts space, Godalming will get two new flats and a “retail opportunity”. Wonderful for a handful of people but a real moment of sadness for thousands of cultural optimists in Waverley and beyond.

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Plymouth Theatre Royal gets £2m council lump sum

12th September 2012

Plymouth’s Theatre Royal is to get nearly £2m from the city council in a lump sum instead of three years of grants to partly finance a refurbishment project. Councillors agreed on Tuesday to give the theatre £1,995,000. The money would go towards building a new auditorium and a make over of outside public areas, managers said. There would also be improved access to the building, which was completed in 1982.

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Doncaster’s new £20m performing arts venue is the tops

12th September 2012

Hats were raised this week to celebrate the completion of the roof on Doncaster’s new £20m performance venue. Dignitaries from the partners involved in the project were photographed with top hats in front of the impressive venue to mark the topping out ceremony.

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Global Theatre producer Judy Craymer shows support for The Theatres Trust with donation to its Theatre Protection Fund

12th September 2012

Judy Craymer, MBE is delighted to show her support for The Theatres Trust by announcing a donation of £125,000 to its Theatres Protection Fund, matching the Fund’s opening donation by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

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St George's Great Yarmouth opening put on hold indefinitely

12th September 2012

The opening of a new theatre in Great Yarmouth has been delayed indefinitely, forcing its autumn shows to be relocated. A structural fault in the neighbouring building to St George’s Theatre, a pavilion which houses the theatre’s catering, toilet and front-of-house facilities, was discovered in April. Construction company RG Carter Ltd and architect firm Hopkins Architects Partnership are in a dispute over which of them is liable for the fault.

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Event: Sparkling line up for Showlight 2013

11th September 2012

With Showlight 2013 set in the Czech Republic, it is only right that among the first subjects to be announced for this event is Josef Svoboda, creator of the Svoboda light and the most influential scenographer of the 20th century. Christopher Baugh, Professor of Theatre at Hull University, met Svoboda at London’s National Theatre and is an expert on the man who was the first to use a light curtain and one of the first to combine lighting and projection.

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The Theatres Trust Announces Its People's Choice Award 2012 Winner

11th September 2012

We are delighted to announce that The Theatres Trust People’s Choice Award 2012 Winner is ShowTex. Mr Koen Van Kerkhoven, Managing Partner of ShowTex Belgium was presented with the Theatres Trust’s sustainability award by PLASA’s Chief Executive Officer and Director of Events, Matthew Griffiths, for its Acoustic Baffle.

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Launch of The Theatres Trust's Conference 12 Report: ‘Delivering Sustainable Theatres’

11th September 2012

Theatres lead the way in sustainable development Delivering Sustainable Theatres, The Theatres Trust’s Conference 12 Report is launched today at the international entertainment technology event, PLASA 2012. Prepared by journalist and writer Jo Caird, the report provides highlights of the rich variety of speakers and discussions that took place on 12 June 2012 at the Trust’s annual conference held at Stratford Circus in London close to the Olympic Park.

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Old trams and buses converted into cultural venues in Mexico City

10th September 2012

In Mexico City, old trams and buses are being converted into new venues for plays, mobile libraries, community centres and even shops. The idea is to bring different forms of culture to people that may otherwise never have access to it.

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Second attempt at Winter Gardens plan - but does Bournemouth council have other ideas?

10th September 2012

Developers are making a second attempt to win planning permission for a £150million scheme for Bournemouth’s Winter Gardens site. But Bournemouth council maintains it has different plans for the prime piece of land. The new application, submitted by Planning Solutions Partnership, once again seeks to build a hotel, cinema , shops, apartments, public piazzas and leisure facilities on the site of the demolished concert hall.

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