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Debate on Localism in Lords: Neighbourhood Planning and Culture

19th October 2011

Extracts from the Localism debate, 17 October, 5:30pm. Section 9 Neighborhood Planning. Baroness Hanham (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government; Conservative). “My Lords, I will move Amendment 205ZA and then sit down for the other amendments to be moved or spoken to… 205ZB: Schedule 9, line 3, leave out “and environmental” and insert, “environmental and cultural”.

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Blog: The Pitmen Painters reminds us that arts funding can change lives

19th October 2011

Lee Hall’s play about the miners who discovered the power of painting is as powerful as ever – but I doubt it could happen now blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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Blog: Flatpacks and footlights - why the UK needs a touring in-the-round theatre

19th October 2011

We at Paines Plough are working on a bold new auditorium that promises to take travelling theatre farther than ever before blogs James Grieve and George Perrin for The Guardian Stage blog.

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Nimax to run 350-seat ‘in-the-round’ Astoria replacement

19th October 2011

Nimax Theatres has signed a deal to operate the new 350-seat West End theatre proposed as a replacement for the former London Astoria. The Astoria was demolished in 2009 to make way for the Crossrail redevelopment around Tottenham Court Road station. Nimax chief executive Nica Burns told The Stage that she hopes the theatre will become London’s first small, purpose built, in-the-round theatre.

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Crossrail: Tottenham Court Road station area to get revamp and new theatre

19th October 2011

The developers have submitted planning applications to revamp the area around Tottenham Court Road station. A 350-seat theatre would replace the Astoria, which was demolished in 2009 to make way for the £16bn east-west rail line which is set to open in 2018. The building would be located further south on Charing Cross Road and would house an additional nine floors of offices plus the new theatre.

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Dee Evans to leave Colchester Mercury

18th October 2011

Dee Evans, artistic director of the Mercury Theatre in Colchester, is to leave the venue after 14 years in 2012. She said: “There is never a good time to make a change like this, but the Mercury has a great team and is in a strong position to move into planning and delivering the next three year cycle of work, so I have chosen to make the break now.

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Dernier & Hamlyn’s work recreates light history at Theatre Royal Newcastle

18th October 2011

Using archive photography to develop accurate recreations of the light fittings that were installed at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle in the early 20th Century, Dernier & Hamlyn recently recreated a sunburner for the auditorium of the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.

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New handrails for Harrogate's Royal Hall

17th October 2011

Listed Building Application: 11/03504/SOSLB

Harrogate Borough Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above listed building application for the installation of handrails to the North and South ambulatories of Harrogate’s Royal Hall.

The Theatres Trust supported the application. Read the Trust’s response.

To view the planning application online, please click here and enter the application number and click search.


Mesh lighting proposed for London's Prince of Wales Theatre

17th October 2011

Listed Building application: 11/08732/LBC

Westminster City Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above listed building application for the temporary installation of mesh lighting to the Oxendon Street and Coventry Street elevations of London’s Prince of Wales Theatre from 3 October 2011 until 2 January 2012.

The Theatres Trust supported the application. Read the Trust’s response.

To view the planning application online, please click here and enter the application number and click search.


Volunteer Theatre Planning Placements – Applications open

17th October 2011

The Theatres Trust is looking for Volunteer Theatre Planning Placements to assist in the administration of the Trust’s role as a statutory consultee for theatres in the planning system and as an expert adviser in the heritage of theatre buildings.

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