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Drama, laughs and tears always at centre stage as Oldham Coliseum reopens after £1.8m revamp

23rd October 2012

Oldham Coliseum is preparing for two glittering ‘curtain up’ events to mark its re-opening after a £1.8m refurbishment. It’s a new lease of life for a much-loved theatre with a remarkable history, as Paul Taylor discovers. But for much of this year, the Coliseum has been a building site.

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Artistic director David Micklem to leave BAC

23rd October 2012

Battersea Arts Centre’s joint artistic director David Micklem is to step down from his position to leave the venue at the end of November.

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New director for Dartford's Orchard Theatre

22nd October 2012

HQ Theatres has announced that Christopher Glover has been appointed to run Dartford’s Orchard Theatre. As the new theatre director, Glover will succeed Andy Hill, who recently became chief executive of the Grand Opera House in Belfast.

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Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’s £12m refurbishment

22nd October 2012

Set to be completed in 2015, the refurbishment programme will reflect and complement the heritage and history of the iconic Liverpool Philharmonic Hall; the home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the UK’s premier arts and entertainment venues.

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Labour of love to resurrect Shakespeare’s lost London Rose

22nd October 2012

The Rose Theatre Trust hopes to hear in the next few days that it has got around £250,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to take forward its plans for the first of the Bankside theatres – rediscovered 24 years ago and for 23 years buried again beneath a modern office block, its remains only two-thirds excavated.

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Visit boosts fight to see Dudley Hippodrome open

22nd October 2012

Theatre experts haved boosted a fight to save the under-threat Dudley Hippodrome. The Theatres Trust says the Castle Hill venue should be preserved for future generations – but Dudley Council wants to knock it down. Trust planning and heritage advisor Mark Price and director Mhora Samuel had a torchlit tour of the site with Friends of Dudley Hippodrome.

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Wolverhampton Grand Theatre given a major cash investment from Council to attract West End shows

22nd October 2012

It emerged the attraction is suffering from a slump in takings because it can’t accommodate some big name productions. The theatre would be handed a one-off cash lump sum by Wolverhampton City Council to expand its facilities. The Civic Hall would also be given a one-off cash handout to increase its entertainment space. But both attractions are facing cuts in their annual funding from the council if the plans go ahead.

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Creative Scotland: Statement from Sir Sandie Crombie

22nd October 2012

I promised that I would provide an update, following today’s Board meeting, in response to the recent, serious concerns that have been raised about Creative Scotland.

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English Heritage publishes Guide to Heritage Protection in England

20th October 2012

English Heritage have written the most comprehensive online guide to the heritage protection system. The Guide to Heritage Protection in England contains 90 pages of textbook advice on how the law, policy and guidance that protects England’s heritage assets works, with links to all the source documents.

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All-star centenary fundraising gala announced for Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy

19th October 2012

It’s one of the valley’s most iconic venues and next month marks a special occasion in its history.

Saturday, November 17, is a very special day for the Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy, as it is the day that the 2013 centenary celebrations of the venue are launched with an all-star fundraising gala. We are promised that “an unforgettable and unrepeatable bill of stars” will be performing at the Park & Dare for one dazzling night of music, song and laughter.

The glittering gala evening includes West End star and Rhondda Valley-born performer Sophie Evans, who says she is delighted to be taking part. “The Park & Dare is where it all began for me,” says Sophie, “and to be asked to come home and take part with all these fantastic performers is a real honour, especially as it is somewhere that is so close to my heart.”

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