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Lyn Gardner: Apollo theatre reopening: the West End must be fit for purpose

7th April 2014

When John Tiffany’s production of Let the Right One In opens at the Apollo theatre in the West End tonight, the rigorous safety checks will ensure it’s the show, and not the ceiling, that is bringing the house down.

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Catherine Love: Is crowdfunding really the future?

7th April 2014

Thanks to ever-improving digital technology, raising money through crowdfunding is now easier than ever – and more and more theatre projects are taking advantage of it. Just last week, the producers of the West End transfer of The Pajama Game told WhatsOnStage about their crowdfunding experience , which seems to be proving successful. But is crowdfunding really, as they claim, the future for theatre fundraising?

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'Irretrievable mistake' over Hitchin Town Hall project

7th April 2014

There is an ongoing dispute after a brick wall was built halving the stage space in Hitchin Town Hall. Further reaction to a dispute over the renovation of Hitchin Town Hall featured heavily in last week’s The Comet letters.

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Wakefield Civic Society campaign to give community arts buildings extra protection

7th April 2014

Localism Alliance conference hears announcement of campaign to give greater community recognition to The Theatre Royal Wakefield and Unity Hall, Wakefield

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Brewery Theatre, Bristol for sale

7th April 2014

If you have a spare £640,000, you can now buy the Brewery Theatre on North Street. Bristol mayor George Ferguson is the current lease holder on the building. Ferguson owns the Bristol Beer Factory brewery behind the building, which has publicly stated its expansion plans – hoping to sell the Grain Barge in order to fund larger premises.

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Crunch talks over future of Dudley Hippodrome

7th April 2014

Campaigners will hold crunch talks with council officials as they try to secure a future for the under-threat Dudley Hippodrome theatre. Members of the Friends of Dudley Hippodrome will give more details on how they aim to successfully manage the venue. They will sit down with Dudley Council’s regeneration boss, Councillor Judy Foster, tomorrow for discussions. It comes after Councillor Foster said that the authority would not contemplate further discussions on the group’s business plan.

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New heritage provisions reduce bureaucracy in looking after listed buildings

7th April 2014

New heritage provisions, coming into force this week will make the listed building consent system more effective and efficient, helping to reduce bureaucracy and cut costs. Set out in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act, the measures provide real benefits for owners, developers and local authorities whilst maintaining existing levels of heritage protection.

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York Theatre Royal's £4m revamp plan sent to planners

5th April 2014

The vision for a £4 million revamp of York Theatre Royal – one of the biggest projects in its history – has been handed in to council planners. The theatre is seeking about £2.8 million in Arts Council funding for a sweeping refurbishment including major changes to its auditorium and the colonnade on St Leonard’s Place being enclosed and glazed to double the size of the entrance and cafe areas.

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Alexandra Palace reveals designs for refurbished Victorian theatre

4th April 2014

Alexandra Palace has unveiled designs for restoring its Victorian theatre, which will see the venue brought back into use as a performance space for the first time in around 80 years. The plans are part of the north London entertainment venue’s £24 million refurbishment project to open up derelict areas of the site that are currently closed to the public.

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Farrell Review calls for revolution in planning system to make it more proactive

4th April 2014

The Farrell Review, an industry-wide review of architecture and the built environment, was launched on Monday 31st March 2014. Led by Sir Terry Farrell and a panel of experts, and commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Review investigated five issues surrounding Education, Outreach and Skills, Design Quality, The Economic Benefits of Architecture, Cultural Heritage and Built Environment Policy.

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