The Theatres Trust

Morecambe theatre's glorious past

5th July 2012

Morecambe’s grand Winter Gardens theatre once held 3,500 people and hosted Laurel and Hardy and Sir Edward Elgar – but has been closed for 35 years and is on a list of “theatres at risk”.

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Liverpool Everyman theatre staff reveal fundraising challenges as contractors prepare to start next phase of building work

5th July 2012

Everyman Theatre staff are preparing to climb mountains and jump from planes to help boost the theatre’s £1m public fundraising campaign. Meanwhile executive director Deborah Aydon is preparing to tandem jump from a plane in September as her contribution towards the fundraising drive. The fresh fundraising drive comes a year almost to the day that the old Everyman closed its doors for the final time

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Arts Council of Wales reopens its Capital Funding Programme

5th July 2012

Arts Council of Wales has announced the reopening of its Capital Programme enabling the nation’s key arts organisations to benefit from Capital Lottery funding once again.

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Theatre Buildings at Risk 2012 announced

5th July 2012

Forty-nine theatre buildings across the UK are at real risk of being lost unless owners recognise they are responsible for community assets and work with trusts and local communities to secure their future, says The Theatres Trust.

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Money woes could spell final curtain for Sheffield Abbeydale theatre

1st July 2012

A much loved Sheffield landmark could be forced to close its doors for good. Trustees have launched a last-ditch attempt to save Abbeydale Picture House after it was repossessed by mortgage lenders. The neo-classical-style building, which opened its doors in 1920, has been plagued by money problems since the change of a mortgage policy increased repayments from £600 to £2,600 a month.

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Whitehaven Rosehill theatre receives £1m redevelopment funding

30th June 2012

So far, £3m has been raised to revamp Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven, with the latest £1m donation coming from the Copeland Community Fund. Plans include renovating the silk-lined theatre, foyer and auditorium and creating an outdoor courtyard theatre.

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Wilton’s Music Hall gets £56k HLF funding boost

29th June 2012

Wilton’s Music Hall is one step closer to securing its future after the Heritage Lottery Fund pledged support to the restoration of the 19th-century venue. The HLF, which turned down a £2.25 million application by Wilton’s for urgent works last year, has given the venue a £56,000 grant to work up plans for the full restoration of the venue. Once these proposals have been developed and Wilton’s raises its share of the match funding required, it can then apply for the full £1.6 million HLF grant at a later date.

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Manchester's First Street North Cornerhouse and Library Theatre site given approval

29th June 2012

Manchester will get a new “cultural and commercial heart” after a £80m development was approved by council. First Street North will include an arts facility housing both Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre, a hotel and a multi-storey car park.

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Minehead's Regal Theatre gets Council cash boost to improve access

28th June 2012

The Regal Theatre in Minehead has been allocated £50,000 by West Somerset Council to help improve access for members of the public.

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New business plan for the future of Worthing’s theatres welcomed

28th June 2012

An improved business plan for the future of Worthing’s theatres has been welcomed. At a meeting of Worthing Council’s Joint Strategic Committee on Thursday (June 21), members were asked to consider the progress made to the business plan, which is designed to improve theatre services and reduce the subsidy paid by the council

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