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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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Theatre Absolute the UK's first shop front theatre to close in spending cuts

30th June 2011

The shutters are coming down on the UK’s first shop front theatre in Coventry. The city’s Theatre Absolute will be staging its last performances next month at the old Fishy Moore’s fish and chip shop in the City Arcade. The company said they were being forced to close after falling victim to the Arts Council’s spending cuts earlier this year.

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Closure of Corwen Pavilion made permanent

30th June 2011

A pavilion which was temporarily closed last month due to asbestos concerns will be permanently shut. Denbighshire council said it was with “great regret” it was closing Corwen Pavilion due to the state of the site. It is a popular venue for concerts and meetings, and hosted the first Urdd youth eisteddfod in the town in 1929. Council leader Hugh Evans said problems with the building had increased to the point where little could be gained from using “a sticking plaster” approach.

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Burton tribute at £22.5m Royal Welsh College opening

30th June 2011

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s new £22.5m Cardiff base opened with a tribute to Richard Burton. His daughter Kate was unveiling a bust of her father while actor Robert Hardy was reading a eulogy to the late Welsh-born Hollywood star. The development in the grounds of Cardiff Castle includes a 450-seat concert hall and a 160-seat theatre named in honour of Burton.

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