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Temporary arena proposed in front of Weymouth’s Pavilion

19th March 2012

Planning application: 12/00132/FUL

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for a temporary platform and 1000 capacity arena in the front car park of the Pavilion Theatre in Weymouth.

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, then click Continue.


O2 arena to host first panto in purpose-built theatre

19th March 2012

London’s O2 arena is to host its first ever pantomime this Christmas, with Lily Savage appearing as Widow Twankey in a production of Aladdin. The production will be staged in a purpose-built 1,900-seat proscenium arch theatre under the canopy of The O2.

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Nottingham City school's plans for £6.5m performing arts centre

17th March 2012

A new performing arts centre at Nottingham Girls’ High School would be a major boost to the city, it is claimed. The school has submitted proposals for the £6.5 million centre to the city council – and the Theatre Royal has already expressed an interest in using it for small productions. It would be on the school’s site in the Arboretum and would have an auditorium with more than 250 seats. The centre would be available for use by the public and community groups.

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Bradford Odeon issue splits Council

17th March 2012

The political groups on Bradford Council are blaming each other for the situation which has left the derelict former Odeon cinema blighting the city centre.

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Abergavenny theatre future looks brighter

16th March 2012

The council agreed to transfer the management of the Abergavenny Borough Theatre to a charitable trust from April 1 to guarantee the long-term future of the theatre, which holds 55 professional performances a year from children’s events, to stand-up comedy, drama, opera and dance. Monmouthshire council previously agreed to provide £135,230 in funding fromits culture budget each year for the next three years while the Trust builds up its own reserves and to help with unforeseeable costs such as replacing equipment.

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OVO theatre company to run Maltings Arts Theatre for next three years

16th March 2012

St Albans District Council has agreed to extend an existing agreement with the OVO group to develop programming at St Albans’ Maltings Arts Theatre. The move follows a successful six-month pilot scheme in which the company increased audiences by at least 25%.

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£400k Paisley arts centre overhaul starts

15th March 2012

Renfrewshire Council has announced the start of extensive renovation work at an arts venue in Paisley, which will cost £400,000 and is expected to take nine months to complete. Paisley Arts Centre, which is housed in a former church building in the town centre, is run by the local authority’s arts and museums service and will benefit from a series of repairs.

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Church stages rescue bid for historic Nia Centre (former Playhouse) in Hulme

15th March 2012

The former Nia Centre, former Playhouse, has been taken over by a church group who say they are determined to bring it back to use. Last year, work started on restoring the former Hulme Hippodrome next door and the projects will now run together.

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Southsea's Kings Irving Room is restored to full glory

15th March 2012

It was an iconic room that had seen better days. But now the Irving Room at the Kings Theatre in Southsea has been given a new lease of life thanks to the hard-working members of the venue’s trust.

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Blog: Deconstructing the Odeon in Colchester

15th March 2012

With the recent news that the old Colchester Odeon along Crouch Street is up for sale for a cool £1.5m The Chronic thought it was worth taking a look at how the lovely old 1931 art deco building was constructed. Cos y’know – if a buyer does come along to blag the old girl, they might, deconstruct it all over again blogs The Chester Chronicle.


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