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Southwark Playhouse can return to London Bridge says Network Rail

6th October 2011

Network Rail has agreed to offer Southwark Playhouse a new home in the rebuilt London Bridge Station, it emerged this week. In the summer Southwark Playhouse launched a high-profile campaign to persuade the rail infrastructure company to find it a new home when London Bridge Station is rebuilt.

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Blackpool North Pier Theatre relaunches with pop line-up

5th October 2011

Blackpool North Pier Theatre has signalled a change in programming with its relaunch next month, featuring Erasure and Beverley Knight as its headline acts. After the shock closure of the theatre and subsequent cancellation of all its summer shows in early September, essential backstage renovation work and modernisation of dressing rooms and windows is currently being undertaken

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The curtain rises at Canterbury's new Marlowe Theatre

5th October 2011

The curtain has risen at Canterbury’s new £26.5m Marlowe Theatre following a two-year construction project. The new building has seating for 1,200 people and an orchestra pit that can accommodate up to 80 musicians. High profile names such Orlando Bloom, Joanna Lumley, Jools Holland, Timothy West and Prunella Scales supported a £4.2m fundraising campaign.

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Chester city theatre plans considered by council

5th October 2011

Plans to build a new £42m theatre in Chester are to be considered by Cheshire West and Chester City Council. The site of the former Odeon cinema on Upper Northgate Street has been recommended by consultants over two other locations. The new venue would create about 133 full time jobs in the city, which has been without a theatre since the closure of the Chester Gateway in 2007.

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New access platform & lift for Kilmarnock's Palace Theatre

4th October 2011

Listed building application: 11/0613/LB

East Ayrshire Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above listed building application for the installation of a free standing access platform and lift at the rear stage door of the Palace Theatre in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire.

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

To view details of the application online, please click here enter the application number, then click Search.


Press Coverage: Trust welcomes PM's planning assurances but what of creative industries

4th October 2011

The National Trust (NT) has welcomed assurances from the Prime Minister that the UK’s planning system should continue to act in the public’s interest.

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McAslan out, Bennetts in at Hornsey town hall

4th October 2011

Stirling Prize-shortlisted practice Bennetts Associates has become the third practice in five years to take on the long-awaited overhaul of Hornsey Town Hall in north London. Two years ago John McAslan + Partners (JMP) was brought in to deliver a ‘new community use’ for the Grade II*-listed 1930s hall, having replaced London-based firm DSDHA which had previously proposed a £15 million cinema and residential scheme.

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Plane-sailing for Staffordshire Mitch after facelift

3rd October 2011

The Mitchell Memorial Theatre could help kick-start the regeneration of its corner of the city centre. That’s the view of new chief executive Ian Hutchinson, who has been in the post since April, after 10 years at the Plymouth Arts Centre. Formerly run by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, the centre is now managed by a trust chaired by historian and Sentinel columnist Fred Hughes.

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Making the case for culture

3rd October 2011

There are three critical issues when considering the likely political impact of the absence of culture and the arts from the National Planning Policy Framework says Jane Wilson, trustee of AD:uk and director, Arts Development East Cambridgeshire.

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Canterbury City placed culture at heart of its economic vision

3rd October 2011

Culture runs through the veins of Canterbury and is a key part of its identity. The city reputation, however, was built on heritage rather than contemporary culture, and years of underinvestment in East Kent’s creative economy meant that the arts had played only a minor role in regeneration and community development says Janice McGuiness, Head of Culture, Canterbury City Council.

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