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The decision is made: Chester’s iconic Odeon building will house new theatre

15th October 2011

The curtain has fallen on the last act of a two-year drama to launch Chester’s long-awaited cultural revival. A 74-strong ‘cast’ last night voted overwhelmingly in favour of the former Odeon Cinema as the site of Chester’s new theatre. For more than two years, council members and public have engaged in animated debate about the proposed location of the new theatre, with the iconic former Odeon and Little Roodee battling it out to the end.

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Glasgow Citizens’ chairman resigns after dramatic tenure

15th October 2011

The chairman of one of Scotland’s best known theatrical venues, the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow, has stepped down after leading a period of radical change. Murray Buchanan resigned from the position of chairman citing a hectic schedule and the sense his work was done at the Gorbals theatre, overseeing changes at board level and in the crucial artistic director role in the past 18 months.

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Charcoalblue sees Newcastle’s Theatre Royal restored and reopened

14th October 2011

Newcastle’s Theatre Royal reopened its doors to the public on Monday 12th September following an extensive £5 million restoration project. The complex renovation drew on the theatrical expertise UK theatre consultants, Charcoalblue.

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Edward Snape backs calls for theatre tax breaks

14th October 2011

Independent theatre producer Edward Snape has become the latest high profile figure to call for improved tax incentives for theatre investment in the UK. Writing in this week’s Stage, Snape claims that the Treasury needs to encourage “private angels to engage with arts funding by offering clear and progressive tax incentives” and follows calls from both Arts Council England and Society of London Theatre president Mark Rubinstein for US-style tax breaks on investment.

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Liverpool historic Central Hall reopens as The Dome

14th October 2011

A new entertainment venue is set to open in one of Liverpool’s historic buildings. The Dome, a 1,200-seat space, is due to open in November inside Central Hall on Renshaw Street. The Grade II listed building originally opened as a Methodist church in 1905 and still features the 100-year-old pipe organ. Director Sean Finney said he hoped to host a mixture of shows including bands, theatre and comedy.

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Michael Boyd and Vikki Heywood to leave Shakespeare Company

14th October 2011

Michael Boyd is to leave his post as the artistic director at the Royal Shakespeare Company. The 56-year-old joined the RSC in 1996 as an associate director, and was appointed to his current role in 2002. He oversaw the £112m renovation project to the Stratford-upon-Avon theatres and the RSC’s 50th birthday. In a statement, he said his “chief co-conspirator” Vikki Heywood, the RSC’s executive director, would step down at the same time.

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Press Release: A final call for cultural responses to NPPF – The Theatres Trust’s Submission

14th October 2011

For immediate release. Consultations on the Government’s draft National Planning Policy Framework close on Monday 17 October. The draft is currently silent on culture, the arts and theatres.

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Bradford Playhouse on the market

13th October 2011

A buyer is being sought for the freehold premises of Bradford Playhouse after the company which owned and ran the theatre went into liquidation last month with debts of £300,000. It is hoped that selling the premises in Chapel Street, Little Germany, which is valued at about £370,000, will realise enough to clear the debts of The Priestley Centre for the Arts company, which is in liquidation.

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Jonathan Church and Peter Boyden among consultants to help beleagured Derby Theatre

13th October 2011

Derby Theatre has appointed a team of experts to advise its board on the theatre’s future development and artistic policy. Jonathan Church is among the consultants being brought in to advise Derby Theatre. It follows an offer from Arts Council England to provide £50,000 to bring in consultants to develop the venue’s artistic vision. An agreement between the University of Derby, which holds the lease for the former Playhouse, and the city council’s entertainments arm Derby LIVE, which is responsible for the artistic programme, runs out next April.

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Funding threat to Newark Palace Theatre's future

13th October 2011

Drastic measures are being proposed to save Newark’s Palace Theatre from closure. Newark and Sherwood District Council says if its cost-cutting plans are not implemented the theatre could close. Falling ticket sales mean the council, which subsidises the theatre, already faces having to put in an extra £20,000 this year, on top of the £387,000 it budgeted for.

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