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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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Blog: A light goes out in Cumbria with the closure of the Lanternhouse

1st March 2012

A small arts centre put Furness on the cultural map in a very big way, but 82 percent of its funding disappeared with Arts Council cuts. So it closes next month with the loss of six jobs. And much else blogs Alan Sykes for The Guardian Northerner Blog.


Stage set for more new homes in centre of Chatham on site of derelict theatre

1st March 2012

Affordable homes are to be built on the site of a derelict Kent Theatre Royal which once saw the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel grace its stage. The theatre was built in 1899 but has been unoccupied since its closure in 1955. A local campaign to restore the 3,000-seat venue to its former glory was eventually abandoned in 2002.

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Blog: Innovative learning opportunity at New Diorama

29th February 2012

The New Diorama Theatre may be a fringe venue but it is only just north of Euston Road so it’s pretty central and accessible. And, since the departure of resident company Quicksilver last year after the axeing of that group’s ACE funding, director David Byrne has worked indefatigably to put the venue on the map without the specificity of a single resident company blogs Susan Elkin from The Stage.

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