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Colwyn Bay pier redevelopment plans including revamped Pier Theatre go on show

1st November 2011

Views are being sought on multi-million pound plans for the redevelopment of Colwyn Bay’s historic pier. The consultation is part of the process a not-for-profit group, Shore Thing, must go through prior to submitting a bid for grant aid from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The proposals include a restaurant, revamped pavilion theatre and shops.

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Breathtaking transformation of Llanelli as Y Ffwrness at the East Gate development takes shape

1st November 2011

Llanelli’s skyline is being spiked by towering new steel structures. After years of planning and clearing of blight, the benefits of a £60-million investment are unfolding as a new town is born. Llanelli’s major regeneration programme will not only transform the town’s look but its fortunes too. Five major projects are being developed which will showcase a wide range of arts, entertainment, leisure and business opportunities.

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Blog: New Drama Centre London theatre at King’s Cross

31st October 2011

The King’s Cross area now has a sparkling new 300-seat theatre (well actually four theatres but I’ll come back to that in a minute). The King’s Cross Platform Theatre — try not to groan at the pun – is the jewel in the crown of Drama Centre London’s new home in the Granary Building, behind the station blogs Susan Elkin for The Stage.

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Birmingham Hippodrome seeks donations to replace stage

30th October 2011

Birmingham Hippodrome is seeking donations to support the replacement of its stage next year. The venue’s stage was last refurbished in the early 1980s. Since then, more than 650 different productions have been presented, with regular heavy use of the stage, six days a week, over 50 weeks a year. Heavy use of the stage has taken its toll and parts of it now show serious signs of bowing, splitting, unevenness and general wear and tear.

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BBC Radio Four Any Questions? Can arts and culture lead to real economic development

29th October 2011

Extract of Jonathan Dimbleby presenting Any Questions? a panel discussion of news and politics from Hoults Yard in Newcastle. On the panel this week: David Davis, Conservative MP; Rachel Reeves, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury; Matthew Parris, columnist and broadcaster, and Jeremy Browne, Minister of State at the Foreign Office on 29 October 2011. .

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Sherman Cymru to put walking, cycling and public transport at the heart of its efforts to save the planet.

28th October 2011

Margaret Jones is Sherman Cymru’s General Manager, she describes Sherman Cymru’s crusade. To put what follows in context, I should tell you three things: I still darn my socks; I learnt the art of frugality from my mother (and she was frugal!); and I was influenced and motivated by John McGrath (Director of National Theatre Wales) when he said “when we travel, we should make our travel a journey, not a trip or a superficial visit”.

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Moscow Bolshoi Theatre reopens after six-year renovation

28th October 2011

One of the world’s greatest theatres, the Bolshoi in Moscow, has reopened after a six-year renovation programme. President Dmitry Medvedev and the cream of Russia’s elite attended a glittering gala performance. It ends a difficult and very expensive reconstruction process which has been tainted by accusations of corruption.

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Leeds City Varieties first ceremony for wedding vow couple

28th October 2011

A West Yorkshire couple have become the first to exchange wedding vows at a famous Leeds theatrical landmark. As part of the ceremony the bride and groom walked up the aisle and on to stage as family and friends watched from the stalls and boxes as they starred in a “mini theatre production” at the City Varieties theatre.

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Lyme Regis Marine Theatre back on track

27th October 2011

The Marine Theatre appears to be back on secure financial footing, making an £18,000 profit over the last six months. The Lyme Regis theatre was brought back from the brink of closure in December with a £30,000 grant from Lyme Regis Town Council. The authority has since received monthly trading figures from the theatre to ensure the money is being spent in the right way.

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Shadow culture minister to examine state of the arts in the regions

27th October 2011

New shadow culture minister Dan Jarvis has announced he is to launch a report about the arts in the regions. He said that he wanted to find out if philanthropists are more likely to donate to organisations in cities such as London and Manchester rather than in areas including Luton and Barnsley, which is Jarvis’ constituency.

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