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Unique piece of Huddersfield’s theatrical history goes on display

9th September 2012

Visitors have had the chance to see a fascinating part of Huddersfield’s history for the first time in 60 years. Ten huge ornate cloths went on display this weekend at the Lawrence Batley Theatre having been salvaged just a few weeks ago. The beautiful designs were used as backdrops for plays at the now-derelict Palace Theatre on Venn Street. LBT technical manager Rupert Hoarder uncovered the precious cloths after he was allowed in to the Palace before its planned redevelopment.

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Stratford council back RSC Courtyard Theatre plans

7th September 2012

Plans by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) to permanently open its temporary Courtyard Theatre have been backed by Stratford-upon-Avon town council. The complex in Stratford, which seats 1,000 people, has housed productions for six years while two other theatres were redeveloped.

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Bury St Edmunds Councillor says a casino could boost the Apex

7th September 2012

A casino has been suggested as an alternative use for a music and entertainment venue which is being heavily subsidised by taxpayers. Independent councillor David Nettleton, who has been vocal about the cost of the Apex in Bury St Edmunds, believes another use must be found for the building, which is owned and run by St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

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Theatres Trust publishes its 35th Annual Report

7th September 2012

We are pleased to present our 35th Annual Report which highlights The Theatres Trust’s work and achievements from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012. As a resource for theatres we protect theatres from destruction, damage and deterioration; promote the importance of theatres; and provide advice on the planning, building, restoration, development and use of theatres.

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Tameside Hippodrome could reopen in eight months

7th September 2012

Plans to reopen Manchester’s Grade II listed Tameside Hippodrome are being submitted by a local arts group to the venue’s owner, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. The council has been in discussions with Tameside Heritage and Arts Trust, which hopes to reopen the Hippodrome as a theatre from spring 2013.

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Soho Theatre’s plans for Walthamstow Granada boosted

7th September 2012

Proposals to convert a former north London cinema into a live entertainment venue have been spurred on after the local council rejected a rival group’s plans to change the building into a church. At a public planning meeting, Waltham Forest Council members voted unanimously to reject proposals from the current owners of the former Granada Cinema in Walthamstow, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God.

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In-the-round venue opens in Peckham Rye, South London

5th September 2012

A new 92-seat in-the-round theatre is to open in south London on 6 September. Peckham Rye venue the Last Refuge will feature performances from 22 groups in its inaugural season from September to December. They have created a 92-seat in-the-round theatre and bar space with a mezzanine level and spiral staircase, plus a rehearsal room and office space.

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Curtain raised on Workington Carnegie Theatre revamp

5th September 2012

The recently completed £220,000 project at the Carnegie Theatre in Workington included new sound and lighting systems, and additional removable seating. There were also repairs to the roof and external fabric of the building, and the auditorium and dressing rooms were redecorated.

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£3m Royal Holloway theatre named after Caryl Churchill

4th September 2012

Surrey’s Royal Holloway University is to name its new £3m theatre after renowned British playwright Caryl Churchill.

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Maria Miller succeeds Hunt as culture secretary

4th September 2012

Maria Miller, MP for Basingstoke and minister for disabled people, has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, succeeding Jeremy Hunt. Miller will also become minister for women and equalities, held jointly with her brief as culture secretary.

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