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Birmingham Hippodrome reopens with new stage

25th September 2012

Birmingham Hippodrome is to reopen after a £1.2m refurbishment which included its stage being replaced. The theatre has been closed since 26 August while the 30-year-old plywood stage was ripped out and boards that are 10cm thicker put in. The orchestra pit has been refurbished and new ticket kiosks and 500 low-energy light bulbs have been installed. ]

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Galloway demands inquiry into Bradford Odeon debacle

25th September 2012

George Galloway has called for a government inquiry into the ‘regeneration crisis’ in Bradford after controversial plans to demolish the city’s much-loved Odeon cinema were scrapped last week.

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Plans for a £4 million revamp of York Theatre Royal have been revealed

25th September 2012

Bosses at the venue have bid for £2.8m in Arts Council funding for a scheme which would see its auditorium close for about eight months so improvements can be made. The overhaul would also see the theatre’s entrance, foyer and public areas, including the café and bar, being improved to provide more space.

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Leeds City Varieties bar gets new name

25th September 2012

Leeds’ City Varieties Music Hall has renamed its bar in honour of the Friends of the Theatre. The famous Circle Bar is now The Friends’ Circle Bar and a plaque bearing the new name was unveiled this week.

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Forest of Dean Coleford theatre could be renamed in honour of Dennis Potter

25th September 2012

Campaigners want to breathe new life into Coleford’s theatre and rename it in honour of playwright Dennis Potter. Leaders of the Five Acres Not For Sale (FANS) said the drama facility on Gloucestershire College’s site is underused and out of date. They want the Forest theatre to be refurbished so it will attract more performers and larger audiences.

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RHWL Arts Team unveils Tara Arts rejuvenation designs Planning application for new theatre submitted

24th September 2012

RHWL Arts Team has submitted a planning application for renovation of Tara Arts, unveiling a striking new design for Earlsfield’s cross-cultural theatre inspired by the organisation’s Asian roots.

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New Brighton pub theatre to open in October

24th September 2012

A new fringe venue is set to open in Brighton at the start of October. The 50-seat proscenium arch-style theatre space, which is being built in the function room at the Iron Duke pub and hotel in Hove, will begin its inaugural season on October 6 with stand-up from comedian David Whitney.

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Shanklin Theatre's wrangle over theatre costs

21st September 2012

The Isle of Wight Council’s boss of economic development, John Metcalfe, has said he is keen to see Shanklin Theatre trustees finally take over the building following a financial wrangle between them and the authority over repair costs. Theatre trustees revealed they had refused to sign a document to take on the freehold of the theatre from the council, because of the cost of vital health and safety work.

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Oldham Coliseum opens after revamp

21st September 2012

Oldham Coliseum Theatre is due to re-open at the end of October after a nine-month refurbishment. The venue has had essential repair work completed, including a new heating system, asbestos removed from walls and electrics replaced, as well as refurbishment of the front of house facilities.

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Museum boss backs demolition of Dudley Hippodrome

20th September 2012

The boss of the Black Country Living Museum today backed the controversial demolition of the historic Dudley Hippodrome, saying it was important for a multi-million tourism masterplan.

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