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Southsea's St Peters Players’ fears as final curtain falls on theatre

2nd February 2013

Campaigners fighting the closure of a historic theatre say they fear their theatre groups will have to fold if nobody can help them with storage. St Peter’s Theatre, in Fraser Road, Somers Town, has now been closed by St Peter’s Church, which owns the building. Members of the Save St Peter’s Theatre Campaign want to run the 91-year-old venue as a community asset.

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Bognor Theatre site could have eight bars, restaurants

2nd February 2013

The number of new restaurants, pubs and cafes for the Regis Centre site has been proposed by St Modwen. Cllr Sandra Daniells (Con, Pevensey) quizzed the council about claims that eight to 12 of the businesses were being planned. The council’s senior economic development officer, Anthony Everitt, told her the exact number of new premises, eight, in the present scheme.

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Cast of stars to open Coventry's new Albany Theatre

2nd February 2013

‘ALLO ‘Allo! star Arthur Bostrom is among a cast of stars who will open the new Albany Theatre in Coventry. He will join other celebrities to formally unveil the newly-refurbished theatre in The Butts. It will see the doors to the 1930s building formally opened after a renovation project to transform the old College Theatre.

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Fundraising begins for new Hull theatre

1st February 2013

A new theatre in Beverley is appealing for sponsorship after hosting its first fundraiser. The East Riding Theatre will open this year in the old chapel on Lord Roberts Road. A mid-winter festival was held last month at a number of venues to promote the new theatre.

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Abbeydale Picture House plans to become climbing venue

1st February 2013

The new owner of a Grade II-listed former theatre and dance hall in Sheffield wants to turn the building into an indoor climbing centre. The Abbeydale Picture House was bought by Phil Robins at an auction for £150,000 in October after it was repossessed by a bank. He plans to put smaller walls in the main auditorium and two 65ft (20m) climbing walls in the building’s tower. Mr Robins said he was about to submit a planning application to apply for change of use for the building.

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Kevin Spacey to leave the Old Vic theatre with £20million

1st February 2013

Kevin Spacey, the Hollywood actor, plans to raise £20?million for the Old Vic before he steps down as the artistic director of the London theatre in 2015.

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Online application is now open to design a temporal sustainable theatre

1st February 2013

Could You Design a Sustainable Theatre? Online application is now open for a competition to design a temporal sustainable theatre, to be built in Cardiff, as part of the World Stage Design 2013 festival. This competition is open to students and emerging practitioners from across all related disciplines; theatre architects, technicians and scenographers should all see this as an opportunity to develop and apply their practice.

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Open-air venue planned on site of Shakespearean theatre remains

1st February 2013

An amphitheatre is being planned in north London on the site where a 16th century theatre that hosted the premiere of Henry V used to exist. The remains of the Curtain Theatre – which was the base for the Lord Chamberlain’s Men before they moved to the Globe on Bankside – were discovered last year during an archaeological dig. Following this revelation, the site’s developer now wants to build a 250-seat open-air theatre with an accompanying underground museum and exhibition space.

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National Theatre announces opening of ‘The Shed’ temporary venue

1st February 2013

As the National Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary year, a temporary auditorium called ‘The Shed’ will open in Theatre Square. The NT has announced that the temporary 250-seat auditorium will present new work by theatre-makers familiar to the NT as well as emerging voices. The Shed will enable the NT to maintain a full programme during the closure of the Cottesloe Theatre between February 2012 and April 2014. The revamped auditorium will be known as the Dorfman after Lloyd Dorfman.

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Arts organisations braced for belt-tightening as Arts Council passes on Government cuts

31st January 2013

More than 700 arts organisations supported by Arts Council England will receive a letter tomorrow detailing significant cuts in financial support as a result of an £11.6m reduction in its Government funding.

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