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'Reality check' to reveal what future holds for our damaged Hippodrome

14th December 2011

It’s being described as a “reality check” for Derby’s Hippodrome and will be the first professional, independent study into what the damaged listed building can actually become. The “options appraisal” commissioned by Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust will examine the state of the building in Green Lane, what facilities are needed in the city and what could be done to the former theatre so it can meet them. Part of that will be finding out what the public wants.

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Temporary home for Chichester Festival Theatre during works

13th December 2011

Chichester Festival Theatre is seeking planning permission for a temporary theatre near the main CFT buildings next summer for the venue’s 50th anniversary season. Bosses want the structure in place for three months, from July to September 2012.

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First steps in battle to save the Hippodrome

13th December 2011

Campaigners hope that an expert study into how Derby’s former Hippodrome theatre might be brought back into use could help secure the future of the badly damaged building. City architects’ firm Lathams has been appointed by the Hippodrome Restoration Trust to carry out the options appraisal. The trust says that if the findings of the study are positive then it will work to acquire the building.

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Curtain up on a brighter future as Derby Theatre fans provide inspirational ideas

12th December 2011

The future of Derby theatre is looking brighter following a brainstorming session by professionals and enthusiasts. More than 80 people attended a meeting called Open Space at the venue on Saturday10th, where all ideas could be put on the table to discuss the best way forward for theatre in the city. From next April, Derby Theatre, the lease of which is controlled by the University of Derby, is to have a new structure and take lead responsibility for producing theatre in the city.

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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion options under the microscope

12th December 2011

Options for the future of Felixstowe’s seafront theatre have been considered by councillors behind closed doors. They were presented with a secret report on ideas to develop the Spa Pavilion following a full appraisal of the 905-seater venue and various ideas for improving it was carried out by consultants.

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Lathams appointed to lead Options Appraisal for Derby Hippodrome

11th December 2011

Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust has just appointed local architects Lathams to lead an options appraisal for the Derby Hippodrome. The appraisal will consider all possible uses for the former theatre and assess which would be financially sustainable. The options appraisal is a necessary first step in the restoration of the Grade II listed building, which was partially demolished by the owner Christopher Anthony in March 2008.

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Liverpool's Epstein Theatre to open as live music venue

9th December 2011

A Liverpool theatre, renamed after Beatle’s manager Brian Epstein, is to open as a live music venue. The Epstein theatre, previously called The Neptune, has undergone a £1m refurbishment, completed in July. The venue will be operated by Liverpool Sound City, which will also use the venue to showcase pop culture in art and drama productions. The theatre is expected to open in early 2012.

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Swindon Mechanics trust hits out at retirement idea

8th December 2011

The Mechanics Institution Trust has branded plans to turn the historic building into a retirement village uninspirational. The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, which specialises in helping to bring buildings at risk of demolition or decay back into use, has prepared a report looking at transforming the Mechanics’ and parts of the Railway Village into a retirement complex.

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Barnard Castle's Witham Hall revamp HLF project funding boost

7th December 2011

A project to restore a Grade II listed building in a County Durham town has been given a £336,000 boost. The Heritage Lottery Fund grant will be used for a two-year-project at Witham Hall, Barnard Castle. It will involve the building being restored and turned into a heritage learning centre for the community.

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New book: Geometry and Atmosphere Theatre Buildings from Vision to Reality

7th December 2011

Drawing on detailed design, construction and financial histories of six prominent Performing Arts buildings with budgets ranging from £3.4 million to over £100 million, Geometry and Atmosphere presents unique and valuable insights into the complex process of building for the arts.

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