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Only one bid to run Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion

19th June 2012

Only one group has bid to take over the running of a troubled Suffolk theatre. The Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe is threatened with closure after owners Suffolk Coastal District Council voted to end its £250,000 annual funding.

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Major refurbishment starts this month for Wilton’s Music Hall

17th June 2012

During the summer months Wilton’s main music hall will be closed for major work to tackle the flooding underneath it. The floorboards will all be taken up and meticulously numbered so they can be put back exactly in place when the new drainage is complete. All the original material will be reused to retain the appearance so that, promises artistic director Frances Mayhew: “No-one’s going to know a flipping thing about what’s gone on down there!”

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London's newest, St James Theatre, to open in August

16th June 2012

St James Theatre, the first new, purpose-built theatre in central London for 30 years, will open its doors this August. It is situated in the heart of Victoria on the site of the former Westminster Theatre, which was destroyed by fire almost a decade ago.

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Ayr Gaiety to reopen with December panto

13th June 2012

Ayr’s Gaiety theatre is to reopen in December with a pantomime production of Cinderella, produced by Michael Courtney and starring Gary Lamont with Leah MacRae. The Ayr Gaiety Partnership (AGP), which took over the running of the 584-seat receiving house after it went dark in January 2009 for health and safety reasons, sees this as the first step towards turning the venue into a new hub for arts and culture in South Ayrshire.

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Bennetts lands Chester theatre role

13th June 2012

Bennetts Associates has been picked to work up a concept design for a new £38 million theatre in Chester. The practice has again teamed up with Buro Four reprising the relationship the pair forged on the scheme to remodel the Royal Shakespeare Company’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Powering Culture into a Sustainable Future - Energising Culture report launched

12th June 2012

Today sees the launch of ‘Energising Culture,’ a guide to engage the UK’s cultural leadership with the importance of planning a cleaner, more sustainable energy future for cultural buildings. The guide is authored by creative industry sustainability experts, Julie’s Bicycle, in partnership with the national advisory body for theatres, The Theatres Trust, and launched at The Trust’s Conference 12 ‘Delivering Sustainable Theatres’ at Stratford Circus.

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Hammersmith Apollo sold for £32m

11th June 2012

The HMV Group has announced the £32 million sale of leading London concert and comedy venue, the Hammersmith Apollo, to Stage C, which is jointly owned by subsidiaries of the American multi-national entertainment and sports company AEG, and leading European ticketing services provider CTS Eventim.

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New theatre for ARK Priory Primary Academy

11th June 2012

Planning application: PP/2012/1417

The London Borough of Ealing has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for the demolition of the existing building and construction of part single and part three storey 2 form entry primary academy school and storage shed, with associated landscaping, multi-use games area, cycle and scooter parking and 1 disabled car parking space with alterations to vehicular access (Deemed Consent). The application includes a new theatre.

The Theatres Trust is currently considering the application.

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


Arts groups turn to market skills to survive

8th June 2012

From running theatre workshops in China to offering ballerinas for corporate events, arts organisations are adopting more business-focused strategies to try to make up for big cuts in public funding. Theatres, museums and galleries were forced to innovate fast when the Arts Council, the support agency for the arts in England, reduced grants by an average of 15 per cent last year as part of the government’s austerity programme.

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London Hippodrome Casino unveils live programme

7th June 2012

Tony Christie, Janie Dee and Miss Polly Rae will be among the first acts to perform at the London Hippodrome when the site reopens as a casino in July. The former nightclub and theatre, which was built in 1900 and designed by architect Frank Matcham, closed in 2009. It has been redeveloped and restored and will now be known as the Hippodrome Casino.

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