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£750K plan to revamp Blackwood Miners' Institute nears approval

27th June 2011

Vital work to save Blackwood’s iconic grade II listed miners institute is set to get the green light this week, as Caerphilly council’s cabinet is expected to rubber-stamp a £750,000 repair programme. The work will see the building made watertight, with the roof, defective flooring and 200 seats in the main auditorium all replaced. Its reception area will also be decorated and the facility will be modified to incorporate energy-efficiency technologies.

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Plans to revamp historic Welwyn Garden City theatre proposed

27th June 2011

An application to revamp the Barn Theatre in Handside Lane have been drawn up by Welwyn-based Weal architects, and handed to planning officers for consideration. The proposals include extending the theatre’s studio space, installing skylights and creating a new control room, as well as levelling the floor between the studio and the snug to allow for wheelchair access.

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Hounslow library refurbishment could mean curtains for Paul Robeson theatre

27th June 2011

Residents will soon be able to have their say on the refurbishment of Hounslow Library, which could mean curtains for a local theatre. At a recent cabinet meeting the council put forward proposals to modernize the library at the Treaty Centre but in addition to this, the council is also consulting on the closure of the Paul Robeson Theatre and its cafe, which is also located in the centre, next to the library. The space is currently used for meetings, dance rehearsals and performance.

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Cash strapped Byre Theatre St Andrews calls to the community

27th June 2011

The Byre Theatre is celebrating 10 years in its award-winning building and 78 years of being an integral part of the St Andrews community. However, few years in its long history have been as turbulent as this past 12 months which has seen the Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland) removing the annual funding the Byre had previously been granted, in addition to the reduction in 2006. Now the theatre is reaching out to the community for volunteers to come forward and offer practical support in its front of house teams.

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Stage is set for Keith Williams’ Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury

25th June 2011

The curtain will rise at Canterbury’s new Marlowe Theatre on Tuesday 4 October, marking the completion of a two and a half year, £25.6 million development project. Named after Christopher Marlowe, the city’s famous Tudor playwright, this iconic modern theatre in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury has been designed by the award-winning London-based architects Keith Williams Architects.

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Blog: How Bridgend College’s new Sony Theatre will help boost the arts

25th June 2011

As the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama launched its new facilities on Thursday night, another new theatre was opening just a few miles away. Guy O’Donnell considers what the Sony Theatre means for young people in Bridgend.

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Hull Truck Theatre appeals for funds

24th June 2011

Hull Truck Theatre has launched an appeal to audiences to help tackle its cash crisis. High-running costs, combined with a cut in public funding, means the theatre is facing a £500,000 shortfall over the next three years. The theatre moved from Spring Street into its bigger multi-million pound premises on Ferensway in 2009. Since then they have been battling disappointing audience numbers and revenue.

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Pat Weller appointed interim chief executive for Edinburgh theatres

24th June 2011

The Festival City Theatre Trust, which runs Edinburgh’s Festival and King’s theatres, has appointed an interim chief executive to replace John Stalker, who announced his suprise resignation last week. Pat Weller, who took over as interim chief executive for Leicester’s Curve theatre in November 2009, will take on a similar role at the Festival City Theatre Trust from July 1.

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Braham Murray to leave Manchester Royal Exchange in 2012

24th June 2011

Braham Murray has announced that he is to step down as artistic director of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester after 35 years leading the company. Murray has spent the majority of his professional career at the Royal Exchange, which he founded in 1976.

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Church’s bid to buy old Colchester Garrison Theatre

24th June 2011

A church founded in Nigeria is leading the race to turn Colchester’s former garrison theatre into a place of worship and community centre. The Victorian theatre near Abbey Fields was put on the market last year, with a condition it should be used by residents of the old Army garrison site. A planning application has been submitted by the Redeemed Christian Church of God to convert the impressive former theatre, built in 1898.

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