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Dominic Cooke to depart from Royal Court

19th December 2011

Dominic Cooke is to step down as artistic director of the Royal Court in 2013, the London theatre has announced. In a statement, it said Cooke was leaving to focus on freelance work but would still oversee two further seasons before his departure. Cooke will have held his role for seven years by the time he leaves, following eight years as an associate director

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SVO completes London's Mermaid Theatre and office block refurb

19th December 2011

Serviced Office Group plc has reached a key milestone in its £2.5m project to refurbish the Mermaid Theatre and adjoining 33,000 sq. ft. Mermaid House office block at Blackfriars, London EC4, with completion on schedule and on budget of work on the 700-seat theatre and an adjoining 9,000 sq. ft. 400-person capacity conference suite

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John Peel Centre in Stowmarket gets £500,000 Biffaward funding

17th December 2011

The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket has been awarded £500,000 for the next phase of its £1m development. The money comes from Biffaward and it will go towards turning the town’s Corn Exchange into an arts centre. Internal work to install a mezzanine floor, cafe, staging, and light and sound systems is due to begin in May.

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Bridgwater Arts Centre could cut community work as cuts bite

16th December 2011

An arts centre in Somerset says it will not be able to continue its community work unless it can find more money. All paid staff at Bridgwater Arts Centre are losing their jobs on Friday. The grant the centre relied on has been withdrawn by Sedgemoor District Council. The theatre and the workshops at the centre will continue running, a spokeswoman said.

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Will West End theatre leap Olympic hurdle?

16th December 2011

As London prepares itself for the 2012 Olympics, how will theatres in the West End be affected by a massive influx of sport-loving visitors? The Olympics may be some seven months away, but producers in London’s Theatreland are already trying to predict what might happen to their audiences during July and August.

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'Big Society' plan at St Albans' Maltings Theatre extended

16th December 2011

An agreement between a St Albans’ theatre company and the council to run the city’s Maltings Arts Theatre has been extended until June next year. The volunteer-run group OVO first began a six-month pilot scheme in September, to deliver performances there. Artistic director Adam Nicholls described the initiative as an example of the government’s “big society”. The theatre’s future was in doubt with the previous council administration planning to turn it into a cinema.

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Will West End theatre leap Olympic hurdle?

16th December 2011

As London prepares itself for the 2012 Olympics, how will theatres in the West End be affected by a massive influx of sport-loving visitors? The Olympics may be some seven months away, but producers in London’s Theatreland are already trying to predict what might happen to their audiences during July and August. With regular tourists expected to stay away from the capital during the Games, some shows are already offering special enticements, or not taking bookings at all.

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Westminster parking charges postponed until after Olympics

15th December 2011

Westminster Council’s plans to impose evening and Sunday parking charges in the West End have been dropped until after the Olympics, to the relief of Theatreland. The plans, which would have seen charging extended until midnight from Monday to Saturday and introduced between 1pm and 6pm on Sundays from January 2012, were deeply unpopular in Theatreland. Society of London Theatre vice president and chief executive of Nimax Theatres Nica Burns said that the fees were “morally indefensible” when the plans were originally announced in August.

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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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