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Curtain finally comes down on Hull Truck theatre’s former home

15th November 2011

After welcoming countless theatre-goers and hosting thousands of performances, the curtain has finally fallen at the former home of Hull Truck Theatre. Contractors have started demolition work at the site in Spring Street which was home to Hull Truck for more than 25 years.

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Ilford's Kenneth More chairman and campaigners vow to fight for theatre

15th November 2011

The chairman and supporters of a theatre have vowed to fight for its future after it emerged Redbridge Council is considering closing the venue. It was revealed last month that top level town hall discussions had taken place over the possible closure of Kenneth More Theatre (KMT) in Oakfield Road, Ilford. The proposal involves redirecting £1.2 million to Sir James Hawkey Hall in Broomhill Road, Woodford Green, to make it the borough’s centre for amateur dramatics.

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Royal Opera House launches iPhone game

15th November 2011

Opera and ballet fans will have the chance to experience the life of a stage manager in a new Royal Opera House computer game. The venue has collaborated with game developer Hide and Seek on the app, The Show Must Go On, which is available from Apple’s app store from today.

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Grease comes to the aid at Morecambe Winter Gardens

14th November 2011

Thieves targeted the Grade II listed Winter Gardens in Morecambe, which was built in 1870, and removed almost 45 square metres of lead flashing from the roof and carried it off in a wheelie bin. Lancashire Police’s crime prevention officer Jan Brown has now secured funding from the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC) to provide the Friends of the Winter Gardens, who own the building, with property marking kits to protect the premises.

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Leeds dance base wins National Lottery Award and Civic Building of the Year

14th November 2011

The purpose-build headquarters of Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre has won the National Lottery Award for Best Arts Project 2011 and the 2011 Civic Building of the Year award by the Society of Chief Architects for Local Authorities (SCALA). The awards comes as the two companies celebrate a year in their new home.

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Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal revamp given go-ahead by planners

14th November 2011

The New Theatre Royal is set to return to its former glory after radical redevelopment plans were approved. Portsmouth’s oldest playhouse will receive a £4m revamp to restore the listed building’s stage and back lot, which were destroyed by fire in 1972.

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Blog: 21st century auditoria and audiences, more about anthropology than the shade of red in the foyer

13th November 2011

The privileges and responsibilities of artistic directors of theatres and arts venues traditionally range wide, from determining artistic policy and creative content to injecting artistic taste to aspects of business and operations. Many a director has chosen the precise shade of colour to paint the foyer or the toilets, in the belief that a venue’s artistic identity must be controlled tightly and within a finely tuned sensibility, like a boutique hotel or chef-led restaurant.

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Joy as Bath's Mission Theatre hits £50k target to improve backstage facilities

12th November 2011

It’s Mission accomplished for a £50,000 appeal to expand the city centre theatre – in just two months. Donations from £2 to several thousand pounds have flooded in to the Next Stage Theatre Company to help it transform a rundown two-storey former bakery building at the back of its Mission Theatre in Corn Street. It has a 25-year lease on the building where it wants to create light and spacious dressing rooms and a rehearsal space for both its adult and youth companies.

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The Localism Bill is now the Localism Act and references cultural assets

12th November 2011

The Localism Act 2011 received Royal Assent on Tuesday 15 November following eleven months of parliamentary scrutiny. The Bill progressed rapidly through its final stages, with MPs accepting all the Lords Amendments on 7 November. Speaking in the Commons on 7 November , Decentralisation Minister Greg Clark told MPs: “This is an historic bill, not just for the measures it contains but for what it represents. It is about striking out in a different direction. Power should be held at the lowest possible level.”

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Dewsbury Little Theatre sale funds could help town halls

11th November 2011

Money made from the sale of Dewsbury Little Theatre should be invested into town halls to keep local amateur dramatics alive. That’s the call of one councillor, who believes some of the money made by Kirklees Council from selling the Batley Carr site should be spent on audience facilities at Batley, Dewsbury and Cleckheaton town halls.

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