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Hunstanton's Princess Theatre closes after lease terminated

3rd November 2011

A theatre in Norfolk has shut its doors after the firm which rented it from the local council, the building’s owner, decided to terminate its lease. C and R Cinemas took over the running of Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre earlier this year after King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Council said it could no longer afford to subsidise it. The council said the decision to close the building was “very disappointing”.

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A&B and Business in the Community to merge

2nd November 2011

Arts & Business looks set to combine with the charity Business in the Community after the two bodies entered talks about merging. BITC describes itself as a “business-led charity” that has around 850 company members and which promotes responsible business practice. A&B and BITC are two of the Prince’s Charities, and the Prince of Wales is the president of both.

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New cupboards for Harrogate's Royal Hall

1st November 2011

Listed Building Application: 11/03876/SOSLB

Harrogate Borough Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above listed building application for the installation of replacement cupboards in the Heritage Lounge to Harrogate’s Royal Hall.

The Theatres Trust supported the application. Read the Trust’s response.

To view the planning application online, please click here and enter the application number and click search.


Southwark Playhouse wins at 2011 Empty Space Peter Brook Awards

1st November 2011

Southwark Playhouse has won the 2011 Empty Space Peter Brook Award for its “enormous energy”. The future of the venue, which is housed below London Bridge Station, looked to be at risk due to redevelopment plans for the station. However, Network Rail recently said that it was prepared to offer the theatre a spot in the final scheme.

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Arts Council England launches £440m strategic funding

1st November 2011

Arts Council England has announced its plans to invest £440 million funding in strategic programmes over the next three years, with major priorities including touring, capital projects and audience development. Three “targeted grant programmes” have been unveiled, including £45 million for touring, £180 million for capital projects and £50 million for the previously-announced Catalyst Arts programme to develop arts organisations’ fundraising capacities and stimulate private giving.

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Colwyn Bay pier redevelopment plans including revamped Pier Theatre go on show

1st November 2011

Views are being sought on multi-million pound plans for the redevelopment of Colwyn Bay’s historic pier. The consultation is part of the process a not-for-profit group, Shore Thing, must go through prior to submitting a bid for grant aid from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The proposals include a restaurant, revamped pavilion theatre and shops.

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Breathtaking transformation of Llanelli as Y Ffwrness at the East Gate development takes shape

1st November 2011

Llanelli’s skyline is being spiked by towering new steel structures. After years of planning and clearing of blight, the benefits of a £60-million investment are unfolding as a new town is born. Llanelli’s major regeneration programme will not only transform the town’s look but its fortunes too. Five major projects are being developed which will showcase a wide range of arts, entertainment, leisure and business opportunities.

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Blog: New Drama Centre London theatre at King’s Cross

31st October 2011

The King’s Cross area now has a sparkling new 300-seat theatre (well actually four theatres but I’ll come back to that in a minute). The King’s Cross Platform Theatre — try not to groan at the pun – is the jewel in the crown of Drama Centre London’s new home in the Granary Building, behind the station blogs Susan Elkin for The Stage.

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Birmingham Hippodrome seeks donations to replace stage

30th October 2011

Birmingham Hippodrome is seeking donations to support the replacement of its stage next year. The venue’s stage was last refurbished in the early 1980s. Since then, more than 650 different productions have been presented, with regular heavy use of the stage, six days a week, over 50 weeks a year. Heavy use of the stage has taken its toll and parts of it now show serious signs of bowing, splitting, unevenness and general wear and tear.

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BBC Radio Four Any Questions? Can arts and culture lead to real economic development

29th October 2011

Extract of Jonathan Dimbleby presenting Any Questions? a panel discussion of news and politics from Hoults Yard in Newcastle. On the panel this week: David Davis, Conservative MP; Rachel Reeves, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury; Matthew Parris, columnist and broadcaster, and Jeremy Browne, Minister of State at the Foreign Office on 29 October 2011. .

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