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Eccles theatre joins Salford Victoria on official 'at risk' list

30th July 2012

The Crown Theatre in Eccles has been named on a register of listed theatres officially ‘at risk’. The report from the Theatres Trust has put the Crown alongside 37 other theatres in England on an official watch list. A spokesperson from the trust said: “These theatres are at real risk of being lost unless owners recognise they are responsible for community assets and work with trusts and local communities to secure their future.”

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Call to help create Godalming's own Globe theatre

30th July 2012

Time is running out for a group set on turning a listed former church building, likely to become flats, into Godalming’s own Globe theatre. An individual or co-operative group, known in theatre circles as an ‘angel’, is needed before August 10 to stop the Rotunda in The Burys becoming flats and shops.

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Fashion designer's plea fails to save Boscombe art centre

29th July 2012

Fashion icon Dame Vivienne Westwood lent her support to a campaign to save a Boscombe arts centre – but her backing was not enough to force a rethink from councillors. Campaigners trying to stop the Boscombe Centre for Community Arts (BCCA) from being replaced with low-cost housing urged councillors to “listen to the community” and change their plans. But not even a plea sent in by Dame Vivienne – who has agreed to be the Friends of the BCCA’s patron – could convince cabinet members to save the historic building in its entirety.

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Fountain restoration bid for Malvern Theatres

29th July 2012

Malvern Spa Association has moved a step closer to the restoration of an 80-year-old water feature in Malvern Theatres. Until the theatre complex was rebuilt in the late 1990s, the Jacob Fountain was the centrepiece of the Pump Room – the building’s main foyer.

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Salford Victoria Theatre at risk

29th July 2012

Salford’s Victoria Theatre, on Great Clowes Street, Lower Broughton, has been named this month by the Theatres Trust as one of 38 theatres in the country that are most at risk. Almost immediately, a Facebook campaign has drawn nearly 2000 members with its first `live’ campaign meeting this week.

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Sir Ian McKellan and Joanna Lumley join fight to save Brampton Little Theatre

29th July 2012

Joanna Lumley and Sir Ian McKellan have added their names to a growing list of people desperate to see Brampton Little Theatre survive the demolition of RAF Brampton in 2013. Both actors have written letters expressing concern about the closure of the venue and offered their support – Ms Lumley sending a signed photograph for auction to help raise funds for the campaign.

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Euromillions pair pledge £130,000 to Greenock's Beacon Arts Centre

29th July 2012

Europe’s biggest-ever lottery winners have contributed £130,000 to the construction of a community arts centre in Inverclyde. Chris and Colin Weir won £161m in the Euromillions jackpot last July. The Beacon Arts Centre is a £10m theatre complex being built at a former dockyard in Greenock, and is due to open in October. The donation from the couple is to be used to equip the kitchen and cafe areas of the new building.

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Letter: Our Plymouth Dance Academy plans were thwarted

27th July 2012

Letter published in Plymouth Herald Oh how I struggled holding in my screams and shouts of frustration on reading the headline I’ll Bring Dance Academy Back to Life . This was not through disapproval, for such an architectural wonder and marvellous building of Victorian craftmanship deserves nothing more than tender restoration. No, my frustrations were born out of disbelief. Why? In the early part of 2010 I and a small group of like-minded businessmen got together to discuss the very same building. Plans were set in motion to draw up our own restoration programme for the beautiful Grade 2 listed building.

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Thieves steal lead from Malvern Theatres roof

27th July 2012

Police are appealing for witnesses after Malvern Theatres was targeted by thieves on two successive nights. Overnight between Sunday and Monday, thieves got onto the roof of the building on Grange Road and stole lead flashing and other metal worth several thousand pounds.

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Letter: Curtains for Barry Theatre Royal

26th July 2012

Letter published in Barry & District News I write to say how saddening it is to see Barry’s last cinema currently being demolished to be replaced by yet more residential development, albeit for the senior generation. It has been said in the past that Barry has lost its independence and has become a suburb of Cardiff, yet this is a town so large that it has four railway stations to serve its population and two councils to administer local government. How many other towns in Wales, many of whom have at least one cinema, can boast these facts?

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