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Former dancer Peter Schaufuss steps up battle to save Cochrane Theatre

2nd March 2012

Peter Schaufuss has stepped up his battle to save a vacant theatre and hinted he is even considering having his troupe stage a “dance-based” protest outside. Olivier Award-winning choreographer and former dancer Mr Schaufuss, who lives in Covent Garden, has been campaigning to save the Cochrane Theatre in Holborn since plans by the site’s owners, Grange Hotels, to demolish the building emerged in 2010. The Dane has made several attempts to acquire the venue’s freehold and wrote to Grange Hotels boss Raj Matharu last month offering £1.25million for it.

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Kohn's Hackney Wick arts centre to open in May

2nd March 2012

Kohn Architects’ competition-winning White Building arts centre next to the Olympic Park in London will open this spring (2012). The Olympic Park Legacy Company-backed project will feature affordable studio space for artists, a canal side café a flexible community and event area. The 650m² project to transform the area’s derelict Queens Yard building is part of the Olympic Fringe Programme which aims to improve community areas around the east London park.

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Barking and Dagenham’s Broadway Theatre has four-month funding reprieve as plans are drawn

2nd March 2012

A part-closure of the borough’s only theatre has been postponed after the council has agreed to continue funding it for another four months. Barking and Dagenham Council has decided to withdraw the entire £331,000 annual grant from the Broadway Theatre in Barking, but yesterday confirmed that the venue will continue to receive money in a joint venture with the Arts Council England and Barking and Dagenham College until the end of July.

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Decision over Workington's Carnegie Theatre this month

2nd March 2012

An £180,000 plan to revamp Workington’s Carnegie Theatre is likely to be decided by the end of this month. Allerdale council is waiting for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to say whether its £80,000 bid for funding has been successful. The cash would be used along with £100,000 of council funds to improve the Finkle Street theatre and arts centre, which has become rundown in recent years.

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Arts Council England: We are not encouraging 'safe' theatremaking

2nd March 2012

The Arts Council defends suggestions that its funding cuts will lead to more conservative theatre programming blogs Neil Darlison in The Guardian Theatre blog.

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Theatre legend Sir Trevor Nunn returns to open new community for the New Wolsey Ipswich:

2nd March 2012

Theatrical knight and former Ipswich schoolboy Sir Trevor Nunn returned to his home town last night to open the New Wolsey’s latest performance space – and to become patron of the theatre.

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Dome replaced on Olympia building in Glasgow's east end

1st March 2012

A five-tonne dome has been replaced on the landmark Olympia building in Glasgow’s east end. Work began last year on a £10m project by regeneration agency Clyde Gateway to bring the Olympia Theatre back into use. The building’s wooden cupola was removed in June 2011 for restoration, 100 years after the theatre’s opening in 1911. The dome was lifted back into place by a 60ft crane.

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Above The Stag fringe venue in urgent search for new home

1st March 2012

London fringe theatre Above the Stag has launched a search for a new home, after its current space was earmarked for demolition. Westminster Council served a compulsory purchase order on the Stag pub, which will be demolished as part of the Victoria redevelopment project. The theatre team has to vacate its premises in rooms above the site by the end of March.

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Symposium: The Architecture of Performance Buildings for Drama and Music 1900-2000 28 April

1st March 2012

This Symposium will bring together scholars from a variety of backgrounds. Papers will consider topics including theatre’s place in the city; the conversion of existing buildings for performance; and the design of experimental spaces.

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Walk: OLT History of Theatreland and Haunted Theatreland

1st March 2012

Official London Theatre is proud to offer two walking tours for 2012; our classic History of Theatreland tour that explores the rich cultural history of London’s Theatreland and a brand new tour Haunted Theatreland that will give you an insight into London theatre’s dark and spooky past.

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