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Opening night at London's St James Theatre

18th September 2012

For the first time in 30 years a new theatre has opened to the public in London’s West End. St James Theatre in Palace Street, Victoria, was built on the site of the former Westminster Theatre which was destroyed by a fire in 2002. The owners hope the £7m complex will attract new audiences and help foster commercial theatre outside the West End.

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Campaigners confident after Dudley Hippodrome crunch talks

17th September 2012

Campaigners fighting to save a demolition-threatened Midlands theatre which hosted some of the world’s biggest showbiz names say they have been given fresh hope after positive council talks. The Friends of Dudley Hippodrome met Dudley Council chiefs to try to thwart borough plans to turn the plot in Castle Hill into a car park.

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Royal Shakespeare Company reveals record audiences

15th September 2012

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has announced record results for its 50th anniversary year. It said 700,000 people had seen performances in 2011, more than double the previous year. The Stratford-upon-Avon company said, despite “tough times” it had “bucked the trend”, with box office takings rising from £8.3m to more than £18m.

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Talk: An Illustrated talk by Actor and Theatre Producer Marc Sinden 27 September

14th September 2012

Discover the fascinating history of London’s famed theatreland, from the Adelphi to the Wyndham’s, through amusing stories and vivid anecdotes.

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Oxfordshire theatres finding ways to survive funding cuts

13th September 2012

In an age of cuts in local authority and Arts Council funding, small theatres in Oxfordshire are struggling to survive. To remain in business many are putting on extra productions and generating funds from other sources.

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Godalming Rotunda - the final curtain, the fat lady and a new dawn

13th September 2012

Letter from the Godalming Rotunda Theatre campaign. ’ll keep this brief. This is the post that I never wanted to write and thought that I never would have to write. However, barring an extraordinary turnaround, as of this week The Rotunda will no longer be for sale and instead of its own designated 200 seat professional arts space, Godalming will get two new flats and a “retail opportunity”. Wonderful for a handful of people but a real moment of sadness for thousands of cultural optimists in Waverley and beyond.

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Plymouth Theatre Royal gets £2m council lump sum

12th September 2012

Plymouth’s Theatre Royal is to get nearly £2m from the city council in a lump sum instead of three years of grants to partly finance a refurbishment project. Councillors agreed on Tuesday to give the theatre £1,995,000. The money would go towards building a new auditorium and a make over of outside public areas, managers said. There would also be improved access to the building, which was completed in 1982.

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Doncaster’s new £20m performing arts venue is the tops

12th September 2012

Hats were raised this week to celebrate the completion of the roof on Doncaster’s new £20m performance venue. Dignitaries from the partners involved in the project were photographed with top hats in front of the impressive venue to mark the topping out ceremony.

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Global Theatre producer Judy Craymer shows support for The Theatres Trust with donation to its Theatre Protection Fund

12th September 2012

Judy Craymer, MBE is delighted to show her support for The Theatres Trust by announcing a donation of £125,000 to its Theatres Protection Fund, matching the Fund’s opening donation by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

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St George's Great Yarmouth opening put on hold indefinitely

12th September 2012

The opening of a new theatre in Great Yarmouth has been delayed indefinitely, forcing its autumn shows to be relocated. A structural fault in the neighbouring building to St George’s Theatre, a pavilion which houses the theatre’s catering, toilet and front-of-house facilities, was discovered in April. Construction company RG Carter Ltd and architect firm Hopkins Architects Partnership are in a dispute over which of them is liable for the fault.

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