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Online application is now open to design a temporal sustainable theatre

1st February 2013

Could You Design a Sustainable Theatre? Online application is now open for a competition to design a temporal sustainable theatre, to be built in Cardiff, as part of the World Stage Design 2013 festival. This competition is open to students and emerging practitioners from across all related disciplines; theatre architects, technicians and scenographers should all see this as an opportunity to develop and apply their practice.

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Open-air venue planned on site of Shakespearean theatre remains

1st February 2013

An amphitheatre is being planned in north London on the site where a 16th century theatre that hosted the premiere of Henry V used to exist. The remains of the Curtain Theatre – which was the base for the Lord Chamberlain’s Men before they moved to the Globe on Bankside – were discovered last year during an archaeological dig. Following this revelation, the site’s developer now wants to build a 250-seat open-air theatre with an accompanying underground museum and exhibition space.

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National Theatre announces opening of ‘The Shed’ temporary venue

1st February 2013

As the National Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary year, a temporary auditorium called ‘The Shed’ will open in Theatre Square. The NT has announced that the temporary 250-seat auditorium will present new work by theatre-makers familiar to the NT as well as emerging voices. The Shed will enable the NT to maintain a full programme during the closure of the Cottesloe Theatre between February 2012 and April 2014. The revamped auditorium will be known as the Dorfman after Lloyd Dorfman.

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Arts organisations braced for belt-tightening as Arts Council passes on Government cuts

31st January 2013

More than 700 arts organisations supported by Arts Council England will receive a letter tomorrow detailing significant cuts in financial support as a result of an £11.6m reduction in its Government funding.

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Save Salford Victoria Theatre: campaign update

31st January 2013

Salford Online have we asked David Dewsnip from the Save The Victoria Theatre Group what progress was taking place.

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Bush Theatre and Hackney Empire awarded venue repair grants

30th January 2013

London’s Bush Theatre and Hackney Empire are among those venues that have been awarded funds in the second round of the Theatres Trust’s small grants scheme. Both theatres will receive around £5,000 each, which the Bush Theatre will use to install new boilers and improve its heating system and Hackney Empire will put towards repairing the front facade of its building and making the roof extension watertight.

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Call for support over Dudley Hippodrome

30th January 2013

Dudley Hippodrome campaigners are making a fresh plea for support after re-arranging a public meeting previously cancelled due to bad weather.

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National Theatre 50th anniversary to be marked by BBC

30th January 2013

The 50th anniversary of the National Theatre’s first ever performance is to be marked with several BBC programmes. Sir Nicholas Hytner, director of the National, said the programmes “will tell the story of those 50 years through a montage of highlights”. The NT was based at the Old Vic until 1976, when it moved to the South Bank.

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Press release: Second round of small grants announced by The Theatres Trust

30th January 2013

Six theatres have been awarded funds towards small, high impact capital projects totalling £24,535 in the second round of grants from The Theatres Trust’s Theatres Protection Fund Small Grants Scheme. They are the Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells; Bush Theatre, London; Robin Hood Theatre, Newark; Hackney Empire, London; Citadel Arts Centre, St Helens; and the Bacup Royal Court Theatre.

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Emergency public funding could save Byre Theatre

29th January 2013

Fife Council leaders have agreed with administrators handling the stricken Byre Theatre in St Andrews to draw up a joint valuation of “essential” facilities. The bail-out of the theatre – which could involve a six-figure sum of public money – is being pursued urgently as Scottish culture secretary Fiona Hyslop threw her weight behind efforts to save the venue.

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