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Salisbury's Studio Theatre looks set to gain more parking spaces

10th January 2013

Studio Theatre in Ashley Road, Salisbury looks set to gain more space for cars to park after a land transfer request was approved by councillors. The theatre applied to Wiltshire Council for the transfer of land behind it as recent development and growing audiences mean many motorists are parking in surrounding streets such as Hulse Road and Butts Terrace. Theatre secretary and charity trustee Hugh Abel said: “The land is currently an untidy little plot crossed by an informal pathway from the rear of Butts Terrace to Waitrose and the riverside path.

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RUG accounts reveal Lloyd Webber sold Palace for £20m

10th January 2013

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group sold the Palace Theatre to Nimax Theatres for about £20 million in 2012, the company’s accounts have revealed.

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Architect sought for Tricycle Theatre revamp

9th January 2013

The Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn, north London is seeking an architect for its refurbishment. The job, which has a construction value of £2.4 million, follows on from a feasibility study undertaken by Foster Wilson Architects.

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Theatre licensing relaxed for small-scale performances

9th January 2013

Government regulation of small-scale and site-specific theatre is to be relaxed in a move that is claimed will encourage local performances across the country.

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Derby Quad Arts centre plans for former chocolate factory

7th January 2013

Derby’s Quad arts centre has put forward plans to transform a disused chocolate factory into an arts centre. The former Derwent Lynton factory in Siddals Road will be used by artists if permission is granted by the city council.

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Greenock’s £9.5m Beacon Theatre opens

7th January 2013

The new Beacon Arts Centre building has opened in Greenock to replace the old Arts Guild Theatre, a 500-seat space which was deemed no longer fit for purpose.

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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion closes after final Aladdin show

6th January 2013

The curtain will come down for the final time later on a 100-year-old Suffolk theatre staging its last production. The Felixstowe Spa Pavilion will close after the final performance of Aladdin on 6th January. The council ended its subsidy and a buyer has not yet come forward.

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Remains of Roman theatre discovered in Kent

4th January 2013

Roman theatre remains dating back to the second century AD have been discovered in fields outside a market town in Kent. The excavated site at Faversham has revealed an open-air ‘cockpit’ theatre built into the hillside, which is the first of its kind to be uncovered in Britain.

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Campaign to save Blackpool's ABC Theatre from demolition

4th January 2013

A campaign to save a Blackpool theatre which hosted stars such as the Beatles and Morecambe and Wise has started. Demolishing the former ABC Theatre would destroy an “important part” of the town’s heritage, said Gill Payne whose petition aims to save it.

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Ffwrnes Theatre: Curtains raised on a £15m arts centre

4th January 2013

The curtains are being raised on a £15m purpose-built arts centre in Llanelli with a performance of the pantomime, Aladdin. The Ffwrnes Theatre is supporting more than 30 jobs and aims to become the creative and cultural centre of the area.

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