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Lathams appointed to lead Options Appraisal for Derby Hippodrome

11th December 2011

Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust has just appointed local architects Lathams to lead an options appraisal for the Derby Hippodrome. The appraisal will consider all possible uses for the former theatre and assess which would be financially sustainable. The options appraisal is a necessary first step in the restoration of the Grade II listed building, which was partially demolished by the owner Christopher Anthony in March 2008.

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Liverpool's Epstein Theatre to open as live music venue

9th December 2011

A Liverpool theatre, renamed after Beatle’s manager Brian Epstein, is to open as a live music venue. The Epstein theatre, previously called The Neptune, has undergone a £1m refurbishment, completed in July. The venue will be operated by Liverpool Sound City, which will also use the venue to showcase pop culture in art and drama productions. The theatre is expected to open in early 2012.

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Swindon Mechanics trust hits out at retirement idea

8th December 2011

The Mechanics Institution Trust has branded plans to turn the historic building into a retirement village uninspirational. The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, which specialises in helping to bring buildings at risk of demolition or decay back into use, has prepared a report looking at transforming the Mechanics’ and parts of the Railway Village into a retirement complex.

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Barnard Castle's Witham Hall revamp HLF project funding boost

7th December 2011

A project to restore a Grade II listed building in a County Durham town has been given a £336,000 boost. The Heritage Lottery Fund grant will be used for a two-year-project at Witham Hall, Barnard Castle. It will involve the building being restored and turned into a heritage learning centre for the community.

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New book: Geometry and Atmosphere Theatre Buildings from Vision to Reality

7th December 2011

Drawing on detailed design, construction and financial histories of six prominent Performing Arts buildings with budgets ranging from £3.4 million to over £100 million, Geometry and Atmosphere presents unique and valuable insights into the complex process of building for the arts.

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Edinburgh Fringe firm’s collapse turns drama into tragedy for performers

7th December 2011

An award-winning Edinburgh Festival Fringe company has collapsed leaving a huge trail of debts – and demands for a shake-up in the way theatre groups are paid. At least are dozen companies are still thousands of pounds out of pocket after Remarkable Arts failed to hand over box-office takings at the end of this year’s festival. The company, run by a former general manager of the Fringe, Tim Hawkins, is expected to go into liquidation early next year after a winding-up order was instigated late last month. Affected companies have been offered specialist legal advice to help keep them afloat, with Creative Scotland, the Federation of Scottish Theatre and the Festival Fringe Society all dragged into the crisis.

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Theatrical Management Association launches support service for Local Authorities

7th December 2011

The Theatrical Management Association (TMA) is launching a brokering service for local authorities with the intention of helping to sustain theatre provision by sharing good practice, including innovative ways of reducing costs and increasing income.

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Plans to re-open Whiteladies Picture House as theatre and arts centre gather pace

7th December 2011

Plans to resurrect Whiteladies Picture House in Bristol are gathering pace as the duo behind the ambitious proposals unveil a new website and talk about why they want to re-open the old building as an arts centre.

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English regions lag behind rest of UK for arts provision - report

7th December 2011

Arts in the UK face a three-tier postcode lottery, with London culture more than twice as “healthy” as any of the nations and four times more than the least well-served English region. The National Campaign for the Arts and Audiences UK have published a new analysis of data to try and measure the health of the cultural sector across the country. The UK

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Culture Cuts: How healthy is the arts sector?

7th December 2011

New Arts Index launched to provide an annual health check on the arts measuring everything from financial investment to audience numbers blogs Mark Brown for The Guardian Culture Cuts.

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