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Darlington Borough Council: update on Arts Centre site

24th April 2012

Members of Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet are set to consider a report outlining proposals for future investment in the arts following the marketing for sale of the Arts Centre site, Vane Terrace, Darlington. The report will be considered at the next Cabinet meeting which will take place at 5pm on Tuesday 1 May at Darlington Town Hall.

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Bishop Auckland former Hippodrome listed Grade II

23rd April 2012

In October 2010 The Theatres Trust submitted an application to English Heritage to nominate the Hippodrome Variety Theatre in Bishop Auckland as a heritage asset for statutory listing. The Secretary of State, after consulting English Heritage, has decided to add the former Hippodrome Theatre in Bishop Auckland to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historical Interest. The building is now statutory listed at Grade II.

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Seamus Heaney to mark Lyric re-opening anniversary

23rd April 2012

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney took to the stage to kick off events to mark the first anniversary of the re-opening of Belfast’s Lyric Theatre. It marks the start of a fortnight’s celebration of the new building’s first anniversary. In 2009, the poet unveiled the threshold stone of the £18m building.

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Bringing the theatre's past to life in Bury St Edmunds

23rd April 2012

Tea and sympathy are familiar partners. Those of us with an addiction to visiting historic properties open to the public often indulge in a refreshing cup of the national beverage, and the chance to sit down at the end of a tour. Bury St Edmunds’ Theatre Royal – which is, of course, within the custody of the National Trust – plans to emulate neighbouring Ickworth this summer by offering both heritage teas and an interactive theatre experience. Backstage Pass: Access All Areas is the name of this initiative.

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Trust raises curtain on plans to revive neglected Leith Theatre in Scotland

20th April 2012

Fresh plans for a multi-million-pound revamp of a neglected former theatre on Edinburgh’s waterfront have been announced. Outline plans to lease the Leith Theatre and Thomas Morton Hall complex in Ferry Road to the Leith Theatre Trust (LTT) will be considered by the city council’s culture and leisure committee. If successful, the LTT can then set about raising the £5.9 million required to transform the 1500-capacity theatre, which has hosted the Kinks and the Rolling Stones in the past, into a cultural hub.

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Three London theatres work together to access cheap electricity deals

20th April 2012

The National Theatre, Royal Opera House and Royal Albert Hall have clubbed together to form an energy-buying collective that will enable them to purchase electricity at lower rates. The scheme, called Arts Basket, is being run by energy consultancy Power Efficiency. The group is also inviting other theatres and arts venues to join the initiative.

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West End's first new theatre for 30 years to be built at Tottenham Court Road

20th April 2012

The site of a former pickle factory is set to become the location of a new theatre in London’s West End. The venue will be the first in the area for 30 years, after Westminster City Council approved the plans. The development above Tottenham Court Road station on Oxford Street will also include offices and shops. The venue is expected to open in 2020.

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Taxpayers hit by £700,000 bill for Theatre Severn

20th April 2012

Taxpayers are to subsidise the Theatre Severn to the tune of almost £700,000 – an increase on the amount paid in the last year, new figures revealed today. Shropshire Council has set aside £693,190 to spend on supporting the theatre in Frankwell in the current financial year – up from £526,460 in the previous 12 months. Council bosses today defended the spending, saying that Theatre Severn has brought in millions to the local economy since opening its doors in March 2009.

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£15m bill to bring Derby Hippodrome back to former theatre glory

20th April 2012

A £15.4 million restoration to make the former Hippodrome into a West End-style theatre is financially possible, according to a study. In December, city architect firm Lathams was appointed by the Hippodrome Restoration Trust to carry out an appraisal on the future of the grade two listed building in Green Lane. Lathams worked with PHT Consultants on three main options.

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European Commission visits the ECOVENUE ERDF Project

19th April 2012

On the 19 April Commissioner Hahn and a delegation from the EC visited The Theatres Trust ERDF funded ECOVENUE Project. The visit took place at the Old Vic, one of the fourty-eight participants in the project. The afternoon kicked off with an introduction to the ECOVENUE Project, was followed by a Green Energy discussion and followed up by a tour of energy efficient measures made at the Old Vic.

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