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Fire at Plymouth Palace Theatre

14th October 2013

Firefighters were sent to the old Palace Theatre building on Union Street after a blaze broke out just after midnight on Saturday morning.

Crews were sent to the building, most recently the Dance Academy, at 12.20am. Rubbish and cleared debris was discovered alight at the back of the building, and was quickly brought under control. Devon and Somerset fire control said they suspected it had been started deliberately. The fire caused damaged to a small area at the outside of the premises.

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Bedlam Theatre wins Venue Sustainability Prize at Inaugural Technical Theatre Awards

14th October 2013

Bedlam Theatre has taken the entertaining sustainability Award for Venue Sustainability at the inaugural Technical Theatre Awards, presented at a ceremony held during the annual PLASA London live entertainment technology show at the ExCeL

Charlotte Hodge, Bedlam’s theatre manager, collected the Award on behalf of the student-led venue in Edinburgh. Tim Atkinson, technical director of :entertaining sustainability, was the award sponsor

The Technical Theatre Awards has been established to recognise the achievements of backstage staff in production, and was given considerable industry support, not only by its host, Tony and Olivier Award-winning lighting entertaining sustainability.com designer and former chairman of the Association of Lighting Designers, Rick Fisher, but by the industry sponsors who supported each award.

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The Castle Players donate £750 towards The Witham, in Barnard Castle

14th October 2013

A community theatre group has donated £750 towards a North-East hall’s fundraising appeal. The Teesdale-based Castle Players presented the money to The Witham, in Barnard Castle, to boost a campaign to raise the remaining £70,000 needed to finish the building’s refurbishment.

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New pub theatre planned for Islington

12th October 2013

Islington will soon be able to boast having London’s oldest and newest pub theatres thanks to the creative team behind a celebrated venue. For more than four decades the King’s Head Theatre in Upper Street has entertained culture junkies but now there are plans to launch a new fringe theatre just a short walk up the road above the Hope and Anchor pub.

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Comment is free: Arts funding: the National Theatre is the very model of public-private partnership

12th October 2013

The public-private partnership Nicholas Hytner has forged at the National should be a blueprint for the subsidised arts sector writes The Observer.


Bryn Terfel: Pontio theatre named after opera star in Bangor

11th October 2013

A theatre at a new arts centre in north Wales will be named after the Welsh opera star Bryn Terfel. The venue within the Pontio arts complex under construction in Bangor, Gwynedd, will be named ‘Theatr Bryn Terfel’.

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Stockton Globe Theatre wins £4m heritage lottery grant

11th October 2013

A project to restore a rundown music venue on Teesside has won a £4m heritage lottery grant. The Grade II-listed Globe Theatre on Stockton High Street opened in 1935 and hosted music acts including The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.

The building closed for the last time in 1997 and has since suffered from significant deterioration. The Globe Stockton Foundation plans to re-open the theatre as a 2,500-seat venue and create 60 new jobs.

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Burnley Empire theatre looking doomed

11th October 2013

The former Empire theatre has been named for the sixth consecutive time on the Theatre Buildings at Risk Register. The Victorian era building, in Cow Lane, was put in the second highest category of risk by the Theatres Trust.

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English Heritage launch Heritage at Risk Register 2013 released

10th October 2013

English Heritage have released their Heritage at Risk Register 2013.

Find out which theatres they have included on their 2013 register.


Old Vic plans new look as part of major restoration project

10th October 2013

The Old Vic theatre is planning a major refurbishment as it approaches its bicentennial year. London’s oldest working theatre, home to the original National theatre company on its launch 50 years ago, will submit a planning application to Lambeth Council next month with a view to restoring and redeveloping its premises.

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