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Leek developers to press ahead on multiple leisure plans

28th June 2011

Residents in a town which has been without a major entertainment centre for decades, could soon have a choice of venues. Two rival multi-million pound projects are forging ahead in Leek. Developers are poised to submit a formal planning application for a Staffordshire Moorlands District Council-backed multi-million pound cinema and bowling alley on the High Street car park. Meanwhile, four investors who have deposited £7.4 million in a bank ready to redevelop the town’s Foxlowe building, are pressing ahead with their plans.

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Christopher Haydon is the Gate’s new artistic director

28th June 2011

Christopher Haydon has been appointed as the new artistic director of London’s Gate Theatre. He will take over from current joint artistic directors Natalie Abrahami and Carrie Cracknell, who will step down in January 2012 after nearly five years in their posts.

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Noises off: Why can't artists and administrators get along?

28th June 2011

Can the uneasy marriage between playwrights and those who help promote their work be patched up? This week’s Noises Off is riven with internecine conflict. In the red corner: playwrights and artists; in the blue: arts administrators and marketers. The seemingly never-ending war between those who make the work and those who run the theatres has broken out again blogs Chris Wilkinson for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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Sir Alan Ayckbourn's archive to go online

27th June 2011

Thousands of items from playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s archive will be made available to the public online after being bought by the University of York. They include manuscripts giving an insight into the creative process of Sir Alan, who wrote Bedroom Farce, The Norman Conquests and Woman in Mind. Sir Alan said he hoped the material would provide “a fertile ground for ideas and inspire people to write”.

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£750K plan to revamp Blackwood Miners' Institute nears approval

27th June 2011

Vital work to save Blackwood’s iconic grade II listed miners institute is set to get the green light this week, as Caerphilly council’s cabinet is expected to rubber-stamp a £750,000 repair programme. The work will see the building made watertight, with the roof, defective flooring and 200 seats in the main auditorium all replaced. Its reception area will also be decorated and the facility will be modified to incorporate energy-efficiency technologies.

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Plans to revamp historic Welwyn Garden City theatre proposed

27th June 2011

An application to revamp the Barn Theatre in Handside Lane have been drawn up by Welwyn-based Weal architects, and handed to planning officers for consideration. The proposals include extending the theatre’s studio space, installing skylights and creating a new control room, as well as levelling the floor between the studio and the snug to allow for wheelchair access.

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Hounslow library refurbishment could mean curtains for Paul Robeson theatre

27th June 2011

Residents will soon be able to have their say on the refurbishment of Hounslow Library, which could mean curtains for a local theatre. At a recent cabinet meeting the council put forward proposals to modernize the library at the Treaty Centre but in addition to this, the council is also consulting on the closure of the Paul Robeson Theatre and its cafe, which is also located in the centre, next to the library. The space is currently used for meetings, dance rehearsals and performance.

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Cash strapped Byre Theatre St Andrews calls to the community

27th June 2011

The Byre Theatre is celebrating 10 years in its award-winning building and 78 years of being an integral part of the St Andrews community. However, few years in its long history have been as turbulent as this past 12 months which has seen the Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland) removing the annual funding the Byre had previously been granted, in addition to the reduction in 2006. Now the theatre is reaching out to the community for volunteers to come forward and offer practical support in its front of house teams.

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Stage is set for Keith Williams’ Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury

25th June 2011

The curtain will rise at Canterbury’s new Marlowe Theatre on Tuesday 4 October, marking the completion of a two and a half year, £25.6 million development project. Named after Christopher Marlowe, the city’s famous Tudor playwright, this iconic modern theatre in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury has been designed by the award-winning London-based architects Keith Williams Architects.

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Blog: How Bridgend College’s new Sony Theatre will help boost the arts

25th June 2011

As the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama launched its new facilities on Thursday night, another new theatre was opening just a few miles away. Guy O’Donnell considers what the Sony Theatre means for young people in Bridgend.

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