The Theatres Trust

Letter: Pitiful plans for my Brighton rock

24th October 2013

Letter published in The Stage 24 October 20013 It is with great sadness that I read in your columns of the proposed demolition of the Brighton Hippodrome theatre, the 1,400-seat venue in Middle Street (Hippodromes top Theatre Buildings at Risk Register 2013, September 19, front page). I was its last manager before it was turned into a commercial film centre for making television adverts and subsequently converted into a bingo hall.

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Funding fears over theatre in Chester

24th October 2013

Fresh fears have been raised over the finances behind the new theatre for Chester. Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) has already downsized the ambitious proposals to convert the Odeon building into a theatre, library and cultural centre. But opposition councillors are not convinced the figures stack up for the £37.5m project and worry where the near £1m annual subsidy will come from.

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Corwen Pavilion's fate still undecided

23rd October 2013

The future of a Denbighshire town’s community building remains undecided with campaigners vowing to fight plans that would see it demolished. Corwen Pavilion closed in March 2010 because of health and safety issues. Repairs were estimated at £1.3m and Denbighshire council planned to demolish it and pass the land to a community group to build a new venue. But the demolition was delayed by a court injunction and the council will now discuss the issue next month.

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Green Light for The First Night Riders' 2014 dates

23rd October 2013

The First Night Riders charity motorbike and classic car adventure, which raises money to help The Theatrical Guild support backstage and front of house staff, has announced new dates for 2014.

Organisers David and Brenda Edelstein, from track systems specialist Triple E, will be leading next year’s event and are inviting riders and classic car enthusiasts to join them from 20-23 June 2014. Next year will be the fifth time the First Night Riders have toured the UK, setting off from a London location (TBC) and visiting some of the UK’s most fascinating theatres and theatre suppliers.

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Exhibition: British Library's Georgians Revealed 8 Nov - 11 Mar 2014

23rd October 2013

Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain – an exhibition featuring rare theatrical artefacts from the 18th century, including playbills and newspaper cuttings, aims to reveal how the Georgians paved the way for popular culture as we know it today. Tasteful and polite, or riotous and pleasure-obsessed?

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Ambassador Theatre Group sold to US private equity firm

22nd October 2013

Ambassador Theatre Group, the UK’s largest theatre owner-operator, has been sold to an American private equity firm in a deal that values the company at up to £350m.

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Nicholas Hytner on the National Theatre: 'The thing I am proudest of is that I haven't been responsible for the place sliding down the pan'

22nd October 2013

The 50th anniversary of the National Theatre is on Tuesday 22 October 2013, Sarah Crompton talks to its current artistic director Nicholas Hytner about his hugely successful time in charge.


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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