The Theatres Trust

Letter: Curtains for Barry Theatre Royal

26th July 2012

Letter published in Barry & District News I write to say how saddening it is to see Barry’s last cinema currently being demolished to be replaced by yet more residential development, albeit for the senior generation. It has been said in the past that Barry has lost its independence and has become a suburb of Cardiff, yet this is a town so large that it has four railway stations to serve its population and two councils to administer local government. How many other towns in Wales, many of whom have at least one cinema, can boast these facts?

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Northern Ireland’s cultural renaissance

26th July 2012

Failing to qualify as the European Capital of Culture in 2008 has done wonders for Belfast’s art scene and the benefits can be seen in the recently opened Metropolitan Arts Centre

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Letter: Hard work to save Doncaster Grand

26th July 2012

Letter published in Doncaster Free Press: I would like to refer to the letter from David Hankinson in last week’s Free Press regarding the Doncaster Grand Theatre. I would point out that the first campaigner to save the Grand was the late Brian Laurence.

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Arts ‘must adopt language of government’ to secure public funding

25th July 2012

Subsidised arts organisations need to learn how to use the “language of the government” to secure future public funding, a leading culture researcher has warned.

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Leeds Clarence Dock redevelopment masterplan revealed to include new theatre

25th July 2012

Plans to revitalise an ailing Leeds city centre waterside development have been officially unveiled by developers. Property firm Allied London, which bought the 150-year lease to Clarence Dock in January, said it planned to “bring life back” to the area. The company’s plans include the creation of a new shopping, food and cafe street and a “workspace hub” for the creative and digital industries. Leisure attractions, a restaurant boardwalk and a space for concerts and theatre were also planned, the firm revealed.

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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion put up for sale by council

25th July 2012

The Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe is to be put up for sale as the council rejected the sole bid to manage it. Suffolk Coastal District Council said it would go to the open market to find other proposals for the building. The community-based Spa Pavilion Associates’s proposal to manage it as a theatre was deemed financially unviable by the council. The local authority, which owns it, said it would use professional agents to market the 100-year-old building.

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Blog: Watchful eye on listed Eccles theatre as bulldozers move in

25th July 2012

Tony Flynn from Salford Online is keeping a watchful eye on the Eccles Crown Theatre. Read on for his commentary and to view a video of the works.

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Freed Dance Academy boss vows to reopen Plymouth Palace

24th July 2012

The owner of the Dance Academy, Plymouth Palace Theatre, recently released from jail says he wants to bring the club back to life.

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'Vital' Precinct Theatre in Islington set to discover if it will be replaced by a Spar

24th July 2012

The Precinct Theatre on the Packington Estate – which is supported by film director Phyllida Lloyd and The Theatres Trust – will be effectively replaced with a Spar supermarket if planners and Hyde Housing Estate, which is redeveloping the estate, have their way.

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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion: Group withdraws single bid

23rd July 2012

The only group who showed an interest in taking over the running of a Suffolk theatre has withdrawn its proposal. The Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe is threatened with closure after owner Suffolk Coastal District Council voted to end its £250,000 annual funding. The Spa Pavilion Associates said it was “pointless” for the council to appraise its plans after they had been called “fundamentally flawed”.

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