The Theatres Trust

Blog: New theatres (and cabaret rooms) amidst the economic downturn

13th February 2012

Lottery funding created a boom-time in the building (and rebuilding) of theatres from the Royal Opera House and RSC at Stratford to the Royal Court and Young Vic. And lots of theatres are still planning Big Projects: the National, for instance, is pressing ahead with plans to revamp the Cottesloe (and re-name it the Dorfman, who is funding a substantial amount towards the work required), as part of a major rebuild that’s billed NT Future that will, in Nick Hytner’s words, “open it up further – both metaphorically and physically – to more people.”

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Nightclub boss charged over work at Kingston Regal

13th February 2012

A nightclub owner has been charged with unauthorised demolition work at a the Kingston Regal. Franco Lumba is accused of carrying out the alterations to the former Gala Bingo Hall in Richmond Road, Kingston, between July 24 and October 26, 2010.

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Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds artistic director to leave

13th February 2012

Colin Blumenau is to stand down from his post as artistic director of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds after 15 years. He will leave his position at the end of July 2012.

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Historic Newington Green social club’s future hangs in the balance

13th February 2012

A working men’s club that has endured since 1888 may be forced to close after an extension for planning permission for luxury housing to be built behind it was approved. The Mildmay Club, which faces Newington Green, has a retro interior that has featured in films such as Made in Dagenham and Vera Drake. It also has a theatre upstairs.

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Open for business - Dundee Whitehall Theatre looks to start new era

11th February 2012

John Letford appeals for city’s help to give Whitehall Theatre a future. That was the message from Kenny Christie, vice-chairman of the Whitehall Theatre Trust, this week as plans to develop the future of the venue get under way. Following months of uncertainty Mr Christie has unveiled a vision that will see the Whitehall become a social centre for the west end of Dundee and a means of educating and entertaining people across the city.

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Bournemouth's Pier Theatre is set to open for one last summer

11th February 2012

Bournemouth’s historic Pier Theatre will re-open for the summer season after plans to convert it into an adventure sports attraction were hit by delays. Pier operators Openwide International had hoped to have the new all-weather attraction up and running by the May bank holiday and Jubilee weekends. But difficulties in providing an electrical power supply to the pier have forced them to re-think.

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Tapping into cultural tourism

10th February 2012

Culture can play an important role in motivating people to make a visit. Lorna Easton explains how arts organisations can make the most of the opportunities this presents. Britain’s culture and heritage attracts £4.5bn from international tourists – £500m of it spent directly at cultural and heritage attractions and events. Events, festivals, theatres, galleries and museums are all popular activities for tourists on holidays and short breaks – whether from the UK or overseas – which is why culture can help places to differentiate themselves.

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Hopes that £750k new Belper school theatre could spawn stars of future

10th February 2012

Treading the boards at a £750,000 community theatre could be the first step towards a dream career in acting, according to a successful TV star. Sean McKenzie, who has acted in TV hits including Downton Abbey, Casualty and Shameless, helped open the newly refurbished theatre at Belper School yesterday. The theatre has been renovated thanks to a donation from a trust set up by Audley Bowdler Williamson, the inventor of Swarfega.

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Weymouth Pavilion saved after council cuts U-turn

10th February 2012

A council-run theatre in Dorset has been saved from closure after a funding cut was reversed by councillors. Weymouth Pavilion has been given £60,000 back by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council. Councillor Andy Blackwood said: “We’ve got a green light to carry on and run the pavilion and have it open when the Olympics is on.”

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Trust helps protect Worthing theatres’ futures

10th February 2012

A Trust which had hoped to take over the running of Worthing’s theatres has been helping to protect the facilities’ future. Last year, the Worthing Theatres Trust was one of several organisations to submit a bid to become the operator of the town’s four entertainment venues – the Pavilion, the Connaught, RitzDigital and the Assembly Hall.

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