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5,000 people back fight to save St Peter's Theatre Southsea

10th November 2012

More than 5,000 people have signed a petition urging council help for the group trying to save St Peter’s Theatre in Portsmouth. The signatures have been presented to Portsmouth City Council’s Lib Dem cabinet and will be considered at a full meeting of the council next week. The petition has been backed by Portsmouth actress Dillie Keane. It follows the decision by the Parochial Church Council, which runs the Fraser Road building, not to take any further bookings beyond January next year.

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Belfast Metropolitan Arts Centre bosses delighted as visitor numbers double those predicted

8th November 2012

Belfast’s new £18m arts centre has seen an incredible 173,000 visitors since it opened in April —virtually double the number management had expected. The MAC — Metropolitan Arts Centre — in the city’s Cathedral Quarter is proving that its nickname ‘big MAC’ is well earned.

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Plymouth Theatre Royal gets £5m Arts Council grant

7th November 2012

Plymouth’s Theatre Royal has been promised £5m of funding from the Arts Council. The money would go towards building a new auditorium and a makeover of inside and outside public areas. The theatre will only be able to get the Arts Council money and carry out the redevelopment if it can raise a further £2m.

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Felixstowe: Time running out to save the Spa Pavilion

7th November 2012

SIXTY days to save the Spa Pavilion! That’s the deadline facing campaigners today – or the seafront theatre will go dark, its doors will be closed and preparations will be made to board it up. So far no new organisation or company has been found to take over the 892-seat Spa and time is running out fast now to find new owners or tenants to either carry it on as a theatre or redevelop it into a new leisure attraction.

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Bury St Edmunds theatre merger plan triggers protest

7th November 2012

Fears have been raised over plans to merge the management of the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds with that of a local concert hall, a move it is claimed will increase the theatre’s financial liabilities and threaten its future.

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People pack public meeting on future of Coventry's historic Butts Theatre

6th November 2012

About 40 people ranging in ages and backgrounds converged on The Butts Theatre in Earlsdon – one of the city’s largest amateur theatres. The 650-seater venue is currently being restored to its former glory and is set to reopen by early next year after it was closed three years ago. The Butts Theatre – which will be renamed The Albany Theatre – was used for years by schools and community groups to stage shows before it shut its doors in January 2009 as part of the Earlsdon Park development. Officials for The Albany Theatre Trust, which is overseeing the restoration project, issued an appeal for volunteers to come forward last week.

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Oxford Old Fire Station arts centre celebrates its first year

5th November 2012

An independent charity is celebrating its first birthday today after a successful year of promoting the arts and helping the homeless. Over the past year, Arts at the Old Fire Station in George Street has packed in 68 shows, five festivals, more than 25 different kinds of regular classes and involved 192 artists in 16 gallery exhibitions. More than 26,500 people have gone through its doors.

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Stage set for big revamp at Bonington Arnold Leisure centre which faced axe

3rd November 2012

A planned £850,000 revamp of Arnold Leisure Centre has been welcomed by users . Gedling Borough Council announced that it would spend £250,000 on the Bonington Theatre, which is part of the centre.

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Leicester Little Theatre's extension is back on

3rd November 2012

Plans to extend a theatre have been redrawn after the original proposal was recommended for refusal. Leicester Drama Society, which runs The Little Theatre, in Dover Street, had wanted to build a six-storey extension on stilts above a car park. However, the agent for a block of flats in York Street complained about the impact this would have on its residents. However, last month, city councillors deferred a decision to allow time for further discussions.

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Bristol Old Vic reveals 250th Anniversary revamp next phase shortlist

3rd November 2012

The Bristol Old Vic has shortlisted six practices to tender for the redesign of the theatre’s 250th anniversary works project. Allies & Morrison, Eric Parry Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Haworth Tompkins, Ian Ritchie Architects and Levitt Bernstein were selected from 43 entries.

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