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Break in at Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth

22nd October 2013

Groundlings Theatre, in Kent Street, Portsea, Portsmouth, was raided at around 1am yesterday. Neighbours heard a loud bang and saw two men getting away with the heavy lead object. Richard Stride, the theatre’s artistic director, was called by police and immediately went to check out what had happened. Doors were smashed, rooms were turned upside down and the safe containing takings from recent shows had vanished.

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Kent and Sussex theatres 'adapt' to cope with funding cuts

21st October 2013

Theatres in the South East are having to adapt to try to cope with diminishing public subsidies. Research by the BBC in the South East suggests that many cash-strapped councils have reduced contributions to theatres in the region. And some predict it may only be a matter of time before theatres have to be wholly self-sufficient.

But while some councils are bucking that trend, some theatre bosses are relishing the potential independence. Overall net spending on theatres among Kent councils has fallen from £3.7m in 2010/11 to an expected £2.7m in the current financial year, although by no means uniformly across the county.

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Providence secures £450m London Theatre Coup

21st October 2013

Providence Equity Partners, a US investment firm, is to become the most influential player on the London stage by securing a takeover of the West End’s biggest theatre group. Sky News has learnt that Providence is expected to tie up a deal to buy a controlling stake in Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) as early as Monday.

Providence is understood to have outbid a host of rivals including Blackstone, Carlyle, Charterhouse and Lion Capital in recent days to complete a takeover of venues such as the Lyceum and Piccadilly theatres. Ambassador’s current majority shareholder, Exponent Private Equity, is expected to remain a minority investor once the deal completes.

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Winners of 2013 UK Theatre Awards Announced

21st October 2013

The Theatrical Management Association (TMA) has announced the winners of the 2013 UK Theatre Awards – the only nationwide awards to honour creative excellence and the outstanding achievement seen on and off stage throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Sheffield Theatre productions are the big winners with Best New Play for Mike Bartlett’s BULL, Best Musical Production for THIS IS MY FAMILY, and Best Touring Production for THE FULL MONTY.

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Winners of 2013 UK Theatre Awards Announced

20th October 2013

The Theatrical Management Association (TMA) has announced the winners of the 2013 UK Theatre Awards – the only nationwide awards to honour creative excellence and the outstanding achievement seen on and off stage throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Campaigners take to the streets in fight to get theatre in Guisborough

20th October 2013

Campaigners fighting to bring a theatre to an east Cleveland market town took to the streets to show the strength of feeling after losing out on a possible venue.

Earthbeat, which is a theatre group for adults with learning difficulties, is continuing its battle with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. The march, led by the music of the Teesside Pipe Band, set off from the town’s Market Cross on Saturday morning before the campaigners were entertained by live music in Westgate park. The row erupted in July when the council decided to sell the former register officer to a pub chain instead of the community theatre group.

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Victorian Society release Top Ten Most Endangered list 2013

18th October 2013

The Victorian Society have produced its 2013 review of the nation’s Top Ten Endangered Buildings. These include Plymouth Palace and Swansea Palace Theatre. Read the full list


Swansea Palace Theatre added to top ten at danger list

18th October 2013

Swansea’s Palace Theatre has been included on a list of the ten most endangered Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales.

The list is drawn up by charity the Victorian Society, which aims to preserve historical period buildings, and is compiled from nominations from the pubic, following a nationwide appeal to find the country’s best and most threatened buildings. And it has called on Swansea Council to step in to support the campaign to preserve the building.

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Theatre would be demolished on former RAF site at Brampton

17th October 2013

More than 400 homes, a building for community uses including theatre productions and offices are among the plans for the redevelopment of the former RAF Brampton. The site on the edge of the village, now Brampton Camp RAF Wyton, will be vacated by the Royal Air Force by December, with a view to being sold by January.

In the interim, it will come under the ownership of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), which has submitted plans to Huntingdonshire District Council. Its planning statement outlines proposals for 402 homes, a ­community hall, a retail unit and 7,125 square metres of floorspace for business use.

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Dunfermline's two theatres set to share centre stage to help town

17th October 2013

Dunfermline’s two theatres look set to share much closer links in the future in the hope of benefiting the town. Fife Council Leader Alex Rowley said if Carnegie Hall – run by On At Fife on behalf of Fife Council – forged a closer working relationship with the independently-run historic Alhambra Theatre it would “ensure the two theatres can complement each other and get even better results for Dunfermline”.

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