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Architect sought for Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall revamp

23rd February 2012

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society is seeking a design team for the £7 million refurbishment of Liverpool’s Grade II*-listed Philharmonic Performance Hall and associated spaces.

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Soho Theatre backs EMD campaign to reopen a Walthamstow cinema for entertainment use

23rd February 2012

A campaign to re-open a historic cinema for community use has received another boost after a successful West End theatre pledged its support. Bosses at Soho Theatre have agreed to assist the Waltham Forest Cinema Trust’s (WFCT) bid to buy the former EMD building in Hoe Street. which has been empty since closing in 2003.

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Ken Loach defends Barking’s Broadway Theatre

22nd February 2012

Ken Loach, who directed Kes, gave an impassioned speech against proposed funding cuts which could lead to the closure of The Broadway theatre as a fully operating entertainment venue. He was joined at the Spotted Dog public house in Barking by residents and activists concerned about the effect of the cuts on culture, public life and the health service.

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Blog: Theatrical economy vs upper classes

22nd February 2012

?On Sunday night I flew back from New York in Virgin’s economy class, tightly squeezed into an upper deck corner of the 747 (but at least I was against a window, so had a little room to breathe). The front of the same part of the plane is upper class, so the two exist side-by-side: the haves and the have-nots blogs Mark Shenton for The Stage.


ACE and BBC name companies to serve up online theatre content

22nd February 2012

Bristol Old Vic, Shakespeare’s Globe and Sadler’s Wells will be among the first companies to create theatre content for a new online arts channel being launched by Arts Council England and the BBC. The first commissions for the service, called The Space, were announced this week. The channel will launch on May 1 and will be available via PCs, smartphones, tablets and internet-connected televisions.

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Out with a bang, Tricycle theatre head slams funding cuts

21st February 2012

The outgoing head of the Tricycle launched an explosive final attack on what he called the Government’s destruction of the arts as he unveiled his swan song show. Nicolas Kent challenged priorities that mean £250million has been found for extra rubbish collections while the arts – and other crucial public services – suffered. We’re about to expend £80billion renewing Trident which is a weapon that top brass don’t see a need of but we can’t spend enough on our NHS, our education and our arts.”

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Contest launched for Stage by the Sea pavilion, Littlehampton

21st February 2012

Littlehampton Town Council is on the hunt for practices to design a seafront shelter and theatre space. Hoped to become a ‘focal point’ of the seafront area, the 400m² Stage by the Sea structure will house a performance space and sheltered seating area inside a 1,250m² park.

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Final curtain falls on New Malden's Barton Green Theatre

21st February 2012

Barton Green Theatre, in Elm Road, announced it will shut at the end of March but the Green Theatre Company (GTC), formally known as Malden Youth Theatre, will move to the Cornerhouse in Surbiton. The closure follows an ongoing battle by the theatre company to raise the funds to maintain the theatre, which is housed in a converted cricket pavilion.

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Neath's Gwyn Hall to reopen after fire

18th February 2012

Neath’s new Gwyn Hall will open next month, on the 8 March, more than four years after it was gutted by fire. The curtain will rise on the £9m re-fit with a concert showcasing young talent from the area. It now boasts a theatre, 3D digital cinema, multipurpose studio as well as a cafe-bistro and interval bar.

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Round Table step in with theatre improvement funds for Hebden Bridge Little Theatre

18th February 2012

Members and the public will be able to take advantage of new facilities at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre thanks to a “stairway to heaven” being provided by Round Table. The Little Theatre has recently completed the first phase of the £75,000 Raise the Roof campaign to create accommodation over the bar and lounge, giving the company extra dressing rooms, more space for storing props and costumes, better public facilities and toilets, as well as a separate meeting and rehearsal area so productions can overlap. But, the space could not be opened to the public until a fire escape was installed to meet health and safety requirements.

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