The Theatres Trust

Bid to bring rep to the capital launched

6th January 2012

A fundraising campaign has been launched to create a new traditional full-time repertory company in London, which would employ around 40 actors per yearly season. The London Repertory Company is the brainchild of RADA-trained director Michael Armstrong, who said he wanted to “revive theatre” through a repertory model.

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Ownership suggestion welcomed for Ludlow Assembly Rooms

6th January 2012

Ludlow Assembly Rooms could be handed over to the community as part of plans to secure the venue’s future for years to come, it has been revealed. Discussions are taking place between trustees at the theatre and officials at Shropshire Council over a community asset transfer deal. That would see the venue’s board effectively become the centre’s landlords. It is part of a drive to make the theatre financially viable in the long-term, and officials at Ludlow Assembly Rooms have revealed they are ‘very interested’ in pursuing the idea.

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Berwick Maltings new maestro unveils big plans

6th January 2012

Broadcasting major events such as football matches and the Olympic Games on the big screen is among a host of grand plans revealed by the new chief executive of the Maltings complex in Berwick. Matthew Rooke, who hails from Gavinton, also says he has ambitions to produce a show at the Maltings which can tour round the UK. Taking over the reins from Miles Gregory, Rooke started his new job on New Year’s day and is excited about the challenges that lie ahead.

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Contractor named for Liverpool Everyman rebuild

6th January 2012

Belfast-based builder Gilbert Ash NI has won the hotly contested tender with the Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust to build the new Everyman theatre on Hope Street.

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Council's Felixstowe Spa Pavilion decision to be reviewed

6th January 2012

Campaigners are today hoping community leaders will have a change of heart after the decision to axe funding for Felixstowe’s seafront theatre was “called in” for review. The council’s cabinet has decided the council could no longer afford to give the necessary long-term financial commitment to the theatre, which currently receives around £250,000 a year and needs at least £3 million in maintenance and improvements to bring it up to modern standards. The authority though is hoping a leisure or entertainment company might buy it, or that community groups will form a charitable trust and take it over.

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Public survey about the Derby Hippodrome launched

6th January 2012

A survey seeking people’s views about the future of the Derby Hippodrome has been launched. The survey is being undertaken as part of the options appraisal commissioned by the Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust. It has been compiled by PHT Consultants who, along with Lathams architects, were last month appointed by the Trust to carry out the options appraisal.

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Council funding cut threat hangs over Stoke-on-Trent's New Vic theatre

6th January 2012

Council funding for one of North Staffordshire’s most popular theatres is to be cut, despite a new report showing it delivers value for money. The New Vic Theatre, which attracts more than 114,000 visitors every year, is supported by several local authorities and the Government-funded Arts Council. Stoke-on-Trent City Council contributes £75,000-per-year to the running of the theatre, based in Etruria Road, Newcastle. But the annual grant, which has been the same for 10 years, is set to be cut by 10 per cent as the authority prepares £24 million savings in its 2012/13 budget.

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‘Concern’ over lack of Scarborough Open Air Theatre summer dates

6th January 2012

Scarborough’s MP has expressed “surprise and disappointment” after learning that no acts have yet been booked for this year’s season at the Open Air Theatre. Apollo Leisure, the venue’s operator, is still in negotiations with a number of entertainers but that nothing had been formally signed. Apollo Leisure chairman Paul Gregg has said that the company was forced to rethink its summer plans after 2,000 extra permanent seats were not installed, as had been planned. He has vowed that some events will be announced later this month.

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Blog: Why should we fund the arts?

5th January 2012

Publicly funded arts institutions are under more pressure than ever to quantify the social benefits they bring, as would be done for schools and hospitals. But isn’t the crucial role of art to challenge the way society is run asks David Edgar

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Derby leisure facility plans submitted

5th January 2012

A detailed planning application for a new sports and concert facility have been submitted to Derby City Council. The development proposals include a 250 metre velodrome, which can be converted into a 5,000-seater music venue, as well as a gym, function rooms, badminton and basketball courts, and a café.

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