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Leeds Arena - a bravura performance

14th May 2012

Steel-frame construction has enabled Populous and Arup to deliver the complex geometries of their Leeds Arena to a tight budget. Leeds Arena will be the UK’s first “supertheatre”, according to its architect, Populous. Under construction on a tight city centre site, the 12,300-seat venue will host both music and sports events and feature a distinctive cranked and faceted steel-framed form.

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Derby Theatre starts planning for a bright future after cash boost

11th May 2012

Derby Theatre believes it can look forward to a bright future with Arts Council funding secured and a major refurbishment under way. An £80,000 upgrade of the main auditorium is scheduled for the summer break and by the time the autumn season starts, a new artistic leader should be in place with £300,000 to spend on Derby-made shows – the first tranche of Arts Council cash.

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Bid to reinvent Darlington Arts Centre under private-public partnership plan

11th May 2012

New private sector plans could transform Darlington Arts Centre into a boutique hotel and space for cultural organisations including Theatre Hullabaloo. Darlington Borough Council announced plans at the end of last year to close and sell the arts centre and “use the proceeds from the sale for investment in a new performance venue in the town centre”.

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Southwark Playhouse to retain London Bridge HQ

11th May 2012

Southwark Playhouse has secured its place in the London Bridge station redevelopment when it is finished in 2018, allaying fears that the company would be homeless after the building project. Network Rail has now committed to giving the venue a 1,000 square metre space within the development.

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Support drops for public funding of the arts

11th May 2012

Public support for government funding of the arts has fallen significantly during the recession, according to research published by Arts Council England.

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Bradford Odeon could house John Peel music collection

10th May 2012

Read at more at the Yorkshire Post
Bradford Odeon could house John Peel music collection
Published: 10 May 2012


Haworth Tompkins' Birmingham arts centre opens

10th May 2012

The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre at King Edward’s School Birmingham, designed by architects Haworth Tompkins, has officially opened. The build, which includes a 503-seat concert hall, 140-seat theatre and rehearsal and practice rooms, cost £7.2 million.

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Dublin’s Abbey to close for asbestos removal

10th May 2012

Dublin’s Abbey Theatre is to close for nine weeks during the summer following the discovery of asbestos in its main auditorium.

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Final act in renovation of Bristol Old Vic's auditorium

9th May 2012

The first consignment of seats for the auditorium has arrived from France, signalling the beginning of the end of the refurbishment of Bristol Old Vic’s beautiful 18th-century auditorium. As soon as the construction work is complete, they will start a process of testing all the new facilities before once again open the doors to our main stage.

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Protest fails to halt Farnham East Street plans

9th May 2012

Dozens of Farnham people protested against the East Street development plans at a Waverley Borough Council meeting. A special meeting was scheduled to go through the final hurdles to jump in order to create 72 affordable homes, shops, restaurants, leisure facilities and a 752-seat cinema as part of the ongoing and controversial Brightwells development.

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