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Re-opening of Ayr’s Gaiety boosted by £50,000 loan

1st July 2011

Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre is to benefit from a £50,000 loan aimed at helping the venue re-open before the end of the year. The theatre went dark in 2009 for health and safety reasons, but the Ayr Gaiety Partnership – comprising local businessmen – has since been working towards raising money to enable the venue to re-open.

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Launch: The Theatres Trust People’s Choice Award 2011

1st July 2011

Entries are now open for The Theatres Trust second annual People’s Choice Award, following a launch event at the ABTT Theatre Show 2011.

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Stage set for financial fight over ‘£18m revival’ of Barnsley Civic

1st July 2011

The final bill for a regeneration scheme which ended up costing millions of pounds more than expected has still not been settled more than two years after the project was completed , it has emerged. Barnsley Council has also had to bear the burden of paying £1.2m towards running costs of the new Civic venue, which were never anticipated, and is now “reviewing” its commitment to those fees when an existing agreement expires next year.

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Aylesbury Waterside Theatre lands award from the Institute of Civil Engineers

1st July 2011

The Aylesbury Waterside Theatre has won another award, this time from the Institute of Civil Engineers. The £47 million landmark was named joint winner of the sustainability and community benefit gong in the institute’s Thames Valley Engineering Excellence Awards.

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Charity set up to support Blackpool’s Winter Gardens

1st July 2011

A new charity is being launched to support the redevelopment of Blackpool’s Winter Gardens. The Grade II listed Victorian building receives financial help from a number of sources, but some will end in 2012. While the formation of the charity is a council-led initiative, it will operate independently of the council itself.

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Theatre in quirky places

1st July 2011

Any number of sites have been used to stage drama but, as discussed at the Theatres Trust Conference 2011, the challenge is to retain them as performance spaces. AK Bennett-Hunter reports.

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Falkirk trust set to take over council services including Bo'ness Hippodrome

1st July 2011

Ian Scott will take charge of the Falkirk Community Trust Board when it starts work on 1 July. The trust, announced in January, will take over a range of activities, including running public libraries and the historic Callendar House. Many of the council’s parks and museums will be run by the trust after 1 July. The board will also take over the Hippodrome in Bo’ness.

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Bridgend College's new theatre is icing on the cake for £11m college revamp

30th June 2011

More than 300 guests were invited to the gala opening of Bridgend College’s two-tier Sony Theatre, which cost £3m to build. The facility will be available for meetings, guest speakers and awards ceremonies, as well as the college school of creative arts. There are also plans to open the theatre up to community groups during weekends and holiday periods. The theatre has a capacity of 380 across two floors and was part-funded by the Welsh Government.

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Scarborough Futurist Theatre listing request denied

30th June 2011

English Heritage have been considering adding the Scarborough Futurist to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. They have taken into account all the representations made and completed an assessment of the building. Having considered their recommendation the Minister with responsibility in this matter, the Minister for Tourism and Heritage, has decided not to list the Futurist Theatre.

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St Peters Theatre Southsea listing request denied

30th June 2011

English Heritage have been considering adding St Peters Theatre Southsea to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. They have taken into account all the representations made and completed an assessment of the building. Having considered their recommendation the Minister with responsibility in this matter, the Minister for Tourism and Heritage, has decided not to list the St Peters Theatre Institute.

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