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Letter: Council should support Plymouth Palace Theatre

9th October 2013

Letter published in Plymouth Herald 9 October 2013 I WAS gratified to read the letter from Plymouth Palace Project Ltd about the work on its restoration. I was disgusted that Plymouth City Council will not grant permission to dispose of rubbish that has built up at a local tip, free of charge or at a reduced rate. I would like to know why?

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Argus Columns: Is there hope for Brighton's Hippodrome?

9th October 2013

Adam Trimingham writes for The Brighton Argus Columns The Hippodrome, like many other Brighton theatres, has had a chequered history, being used over the years as a circus, concert hall, variety centre and ice rink. Laurence Olivier made his acting debut there and fell flat on his face when he appeared on stage. Brighton’s own Max Miller often topped the bill. As bingo in turn declined, the Hippodrome closed completely and it has been empty since 2007. It has been placed at the top of an ‘at risk’ register by the Theatres Trust.

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Community group 'hope' to take over Taunton's Brewhouse Theatre before Christmas

8th October 2013

The day-to-day running of the Brewhouse Theatre is likely to be handed over to a community group before Christmas, it has emerged.

Taunton Deane Council this week confirmed it has acquired the 61-year lease of the theatre building in Taunton after reaching agreement with administrators BDO. Council bosses and members from community group Taunton Theatre Association (TTA), who are likely to operate the theatre, are locked in meetings ahead of a final decision in December.

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The hard graft to restore the former Plymouth Palace Theatre

8th October 2013

The basement is under water, the biggest of the buddleia has been ripped down and the roof is almost watertight. Nearly six months after The Herald was given exclusive access to the New Palace Theatre, often better known to revellers as the Dance Academy, we have been invited back by the Plymouth Palace Project Ltd to see the ongoing restoration work.

Dave Welsh, a co-director of the Plymouth Palace Project, has been working hard on not only the severely water-damaged theatre but also the adjoining Great Western Hotel – known later as the Malthouse pub. The not-for-profit company, set up as a charity, aims to satisfy the council’s request to, in Mr Welsh’s words, “make it watertight and safe by the end of October”.

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Launch of The Theatres Trust's Conference 13 Report: thriving theatres

8th October 2013

The Theatres Trust’s thriving theatres conference report is launched publically today at the international entertainment technology event, PLASA London. Written by playwright Fin Kennedy, the report provides valuable case studies and insight into some of the innovative capital solutions and local engagement strategies being adopted by theatres which are helping them to thrive in these challenging times.

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Brewhouse Theatre's future may be secured after lease acquired

7th October 2013

The future of a bankrupt theatre in Somerset could be secured after the council confirmed it had acquired the remaining lease. Taunton Deane Borough Council said it was “not the final stage” in reviving the Brewhouse Theatre, but it was “progress in bringing it back to life”. It shut in February when its financial position was said to be “untenable”.

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Sixth Knight of Illumination Awards winners announced

7th October 2013

The sixth Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI), held on 6th October at London ExCel’s Platinum Suite, saw lighting and video professionals enjoy a glittering night of celebration and recognition for the exceptional creative talent within their industry.

The ever popular awards – organised by The Society of Television & Lighting Design (STLD), The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), Clay Paky and Ambersphere Solutions and generously sponsored by Chroma-Q, Hawthorn, MA Lighting, Osram, Robert Juliat and XL Video – provide public recognition for outstanding achievements in touring, television and theatre lighting and video design.

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Tidworth Garrison Theatre set to open in new building

7th October 2013

The new Tidworth Garrison Theatre will be officially opened next month, marking a new era in its 100-year history.

The Pickernell Auditorium will be named in honour of the family whose history has been closely intertwined with the Old Garrison Theatre for 104 years. Herbert Pickernell was the manager when it opened in May 1909, and the theatre was at the forefront of entertainment with live plays, ballet and big band concerts.

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Theatre Royal Plymouth - building on a reputation for excellence

7th October 2013

While funding from both national and local sources is shrinking, the Plymouth Theatre Royal is expanding. On September 26, it opened its new box office, new cafe, extended restaurant, hospitality areas, and branding; shortly a new venue designed to bring on new work and new writers opens there too.

The reason is that TRP, as its brand is now, is a supremely successful business that has honed itself to an efficiency that almost defies political meddling. Plymouth City Council used to have half the seats on the theatre’s board and now has none, because it does need to. Last year, TRP had an income of £10 million and generated £26 million for the city. Its operation is third only to the National and the RSC in terms of turnover. It’s one of Ninagawa’s favourite places.

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Ambitious scheme to chart rich history of Blackpool in the Winter Gardens

7th October 2013

Plans for a multi-million pound heritage centre based on Blackpool’s rich history as the world’s first working class seaside resort are being proposed to transform part of the famous Winter Gardens. Town hall chiefs are preparing to make a bid for a Heritage Lottery grant for the bold scheme which could cost up to £16m.

It is also hoped to access European funding for the attraction proposed for the Pavilion Theatre. Blackpool Council believes it could draw in around 380,000 visitors a year and create 70 full-time jobs. Once up and running it would fund itself. The council’s executive will discuss the plans on Monday.

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