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Antique flying systems are no longer a laughing matter for London's Comedy Theatre

23rd January 2012

Recently renamed the Harold Pinter Theatre, London’s Comedy Theatre had retained its original wooden grid and manual hemp flying system for over a century. The intervening years had taken their toll on the grid, with heavy steel-framed sets and moving lights causing major operational challenges for the theatre staff.

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David Wilmore leads Stockton Globe Theatre project

23rd January 2012

One of the country’s leading theatre restoration experts has been appointed to help with the revamp of Stockton’s iconic Globe Theatre. David Wilmore has just finished work on the restoration of Newcastle’s Theatre Royal, and also lists the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds and the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond amongst his credits.

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New call for applications for the Challenge Fund for Historic Buildings At Risk in England

23rd January 2012

The Challenge Fund, launched last summer, is co-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and English Heritage, and managed by the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF – a member of the Alliance). Repair grants of up to £200,000 are available for projects undertaken by charities tackling Grade I and Grade II* buildings on the EH Buildings At Risk Register.

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Watch Baroness Bakewell’s question on protecting cultural institutions within the NPPF

23rd January 2012

Baroness Bakewell’s question 4 on protecting cultural institutions within the National Planning Framework (NPPF) can be seen by clicking here and moving the slider to 15:00 hours.


ONS Consultation National Well-being

23rd January 2012

Policy Consultation

The Office for National Statistics is developing new measures of national well-being. The aim is that these new measures will cover the quality of life of people in the UK, environmental and sustainability issues, as well as the economic performance of the country.

The Theatres Trust has made comments on the consultation. Read the Trust’s response

To view the consultation online, please click here.


Beverley Memorial Hall to undergo major repairs

22nd January 2012

Repairs to a community hall in an East Yorkshire town can now be carried out thanks to the sale of a former theatre. Work on Beverley Memorial Hall will be funded by cash raised by East Riding Council’s sale of the former Beverley Picture Playhouse, said hall trustees.

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Oldham Coliseum Theatre marks 125 years

22nd January 2012

The Oldham Coliseum in Fairbottom Street celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. It has also recently secured £1.5m for a major redevelopment project.

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Oldham Coliseum Theatre closes for redevelopment

21st January 2012

Its boards have been trodden by some of the biggest names in theatre. Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel performed there, London’s Sadler’s Wells used it during World War II and the first cast of Coronation Street cut their teeth there in the 1950s. Now, after 125 years at their current site, Oldham Coliseum Theatre in Greater Manchester is closing its doors for a major redevelopment.

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Bright future for Basildon's Towngate Theatre

20th January 2012

The large Towngate Theatre sign located on the back of the theatre will be relit today following repair work. Removed in early December the sign which is visible from the road, and by train when coming into the town has been located on the fly tower of the theatre since it first opened in 1988. One of a number of planned improvements taking place at the theatre the sign has been repaired and refurbished.

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Chester delays new theatre in former Odeon to 2015

20th January 2012

Plans for a new theatre in Chester have been delayed by at least four years, after the local council announced that a replacement for the city’s Gateway Theatre was not expected until 2015. The city has been without a theatre since the Gateway closed in March 2007. At the time, a new performing arts centre was promised to open in 2011 as part of the Northgate Development, a city centre regeneration project.

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