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Call for help: Southwark Playhouse needs you

1st August 2011

As you may or may not know London Bridge Station is soon to undergo a redevelopment to cope with increased capacity and to incorporate the Thameslink line. It has the potential to be a fantastic scheme that will breathe new life in to a tired looking station and will make it (hopefully!) operate far more efficiently.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre shortlisted for RIBA Stirling Prize

1st August 2011

Earlier this year The Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST), along with 97 other architectural projects, won a much-coveted 2011 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Award. Six of the 97 projects went on to be shortlisted for the prestigious Stirling Prize; the RST was one of them. The team at Charcoalblue Theatre Consultants, the company responsible for the design and planning of the theatre auditorium and the technical facilities, both in the auditorium and backstage, is delighted.

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Curtain rises on new era for Liverpool's Epstein (former Neptune) Theatre

29th July 2011

Work has been completed on the £1 million refurbishment of the former Neptune Theatre in Liverpool. The Hanover Street venue has been brought up to 21st century standards and now has a new name – The Epstein Theatre – in honour of former Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who guided the Fab Four from popular cellar act to global superstardom.

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Plans to demolish Bognor Regis Alexandra Theatre on hold

29th July 2011

Plans to demolish the Regis Centre and its Alexandra Theatre are being put on hold. Developer St Modwen has been allowed to delay its multi-million-pound scheme for the seafront site. The company was due to have delivered its proposals for a new leisure complex there to Arun District Council by next March. But councillors have made an initial decision to enable the company to take more time while it focuses on developing the Hothamton car park off Queensway first.

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Historic Liverpool Neptune theatre reopens as The Epstein

28th July 2011

A famous Liverpool theatre is set to reclaim its place amongst some of the city’s most famous cultural landmarks. Following a £1 million investment, the refurbishment of the former Neptune Theatre is now complete. Now restored to its former glory, the theatre also has a new name. The Epstein Theatre is named in honour of Brian Epstein, the former manager of The Beatles.

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Heritage Lottery Fund rejects Rose Theatre’s £2.1m grant bid

28th July 2011

Plans to excavate the remaining third of the Rose Theatre on London’s Bankside and develop the site into a permanent exhibition and performance space have been dealt a blow after its bid for a £2.1 million Lottery grant was rejected.

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Opera Action Ltd wants to turn Workington's Opera House into theatre hub

28th July 2011

A Workington pressure group will urge Allerdale council to scrap the town’s Carnegie Theatre in favour of the vacant Opera House. Building owner Graves (Cumberland) Ltd recently submitted plans to demolish the Pow Street building and three shops below it, and build apartments and new shops. The proposal prompted a group to be set up to save the Opera House.

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Culture Chat: Liverpool's Neptune Theatre reopens - but still no one to run it

28th July 2011

The Neptune Theatre in Hanover Street has been officially ‘relaunched’ today – but don’t expect to see anything on stage there for a while. Because the city council still hasn’t found anyone to run the much-loved theatrical landmark writes Catherine Jones for the Liverpool Echo’s Culture Chat..

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Wilton’s survives after appeal raises £470k

27th July 2011

Wilton’s Music Hall will stay open after a public campaign raised enough money for the organisation to start the urgent repairs needed to keep the 19th-century building in working condition.

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ATG’s Potts appointed executive director at Almeida

26th July 2011

Julia Potts has been appointed as executive director of the Almeida Theatre, replacing James Bierman who left the London venue in June. Potts is currently serving as general manager of the Churchill Theatre in Bromley and has also been head of creative learning and access for the Ambassador Theatre Group across all its venues. She will take up her position at the Almeida in November.

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