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London's Globe Theatre celebrates first two PhDs in audience behaviour

23rd February 2012

Take a trip to the iconic Globe theatre in London and you might find yourself being studied rather closely. You might even find yourself in the pages of the first two PhDs to be awarded in a joint venture between the Globe and universities in the capital. Just hope that you are not the one who annoyed the actors with an uncontrollable yawn, a noisy fidget – or even a faint. Audience behaviour and its effect on actors – and on Shakespeare himself – are among the topics looked at by the academics.

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Architect Rob Firman's 'mission' lists 111 theatres in west and south Wales

23rd February 2012

An architect who made it his mission to visit every theatre and performance building in south Wales was surprised to discover dozens of “hidden gems”. Rob Firman aimed to be the first person to catalogue the venues and thought there would be about 30. But he ended up finding 111 buildings: 71 are still used for performances, while others have changed their use. He also traced 46 that were demolished.

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Belfast arts fund wins reprieve

23rd February 2012

The Northern Ireland Assembly has given a one-year reprieve to the Laganside Arts Grant with a one-off cash injection of £250,000 less than a week after announcing it was to close in March.

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Event: Climate Week & Arcola present Play In A Day March 16

23rd February 2012

Climate Week (12-18 March), Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, will stage a very special one-off performance showcasing creative solutions to climate change. Play in a Day brings together the finest British theatrical talent to put on five original fifteen minute performances in just 24 hours.

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West End hopes for post-Olympic tourism boost

23rd February 2012

Theatreland hopes to benefit from a “halo” effect after the Olympics that would boost tourist numbers in the capital from 2013 onwards following the games this summer. According to research into the legacy of the Olympics published by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, London is expected to benefit from increased tourism after the event. The report states: “By 2013, the displacement effect is expected to be eroded and tourism into London should increase due to the 2012 games.

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Architect sought for Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall revamp

23rd February 2012

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society is seeking a design team for the £7 million refurbishment of Liverpool’s Grade II*-listed Philharmonic Performance Hall and associated spaces.

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Soho Theatre backs EMD campaign to reopen a Walthamstow cinema for entertainment use

23rd February 2012

A campaign to re-open a historic cinema for community use has received another boost after a successful West End theatre pledged its support. Bosses at Soho Theatre have agreed to assist the Waltham Forest Cinema Trust’s (WFCT) bid to buy the former EMD building in Hoe Street. which has been empty since closing in 2003.

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Ken Loach defends Barking’s Broadway Theatre

22nd February 2012

Ken Loach, who directed Kes, gave an impassioned speech against proposed funding cuts which could lead to the closure of The Broadway theatre as a fully operating entertainment venue. He was joined at the Spotted Dog public house in Barking by residents and activists concerned about the effect of the cuts on culture, public life and the health service.

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Blog: Theatrical economy vs upper classes

22nd February 2012

?On Sunday night I flew back from New York in Virgin’s economy class, tightly squeezed into an upper deck corner of the 747 (but at least I was against a window, so had a little room to breathe). The front of the same part of the plane is upper class, so the two exist side-by-side: the haves and the have-nots blogs Mark Shenton for The Stage.


ACE and BBC name companies to serve up online theatre content

22nd February 2012

Bristol Old Vic, Shakespeare’s Globe and Sadler’s Wells will be among the first companies to create theatre content for a new online arts channel being launched by Arts Council England and the BBC. The first commissions for the service, called The Space, were announced this week. The channel will launch on May 1 and will be available via PCs, smartphones, tablets and internet-connected televisions.

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