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St. James Theatre, London’s newest theatre will offer a range of entertainment from September 2012

9th February 2012

St. James Theatre, the first newly built theatre complex in central London in 30 years, will open to the public in September 2012. Rising from the site of the former Westminster Theatre at 12 Palace Street, in the heart of Victoria, the space will include a 312 seat theatre, a studio space, brasserie and bar. Entirely funded by private investment, and designed and built to the highest standards, St. James Theatre will be one of the most luxurious venues in which to enjoy ambitious, quality theatre programming.

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Men arrested for metal theft after being found in derelict Farnham Redgrave theatre in Farnham

9th February 2012

Surrey Police received a report from a member of the public of a potential burglary in action at the former Redgrave Theatre in Brightwells Road at around 3.30pm 3 February. Following liaison with Waverley Borough Council, officers were allowed entry in to the property and found the two men, aged 28 and 32, inside. A bag containing copper wiring was found within the building.

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New Off-West End venue to replace Westminster Theatre after ten-year wait

9th February 2012

A replacement for the old Westminster Theatre will finally open this autumn, following a protracted and sometimes bitter decade-long battle to create a new purpose-built, mid-scale theatre in central London. The St James Theatre will launch at the end of September, housed in a residential development near the Victoria Palace Theatre on the site of the old Westminster Theatre.

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Southampton Mayflower chief executive to retire

9th February 2012

Dennis Hall, chief executive of the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, is to retire after 26 years in the post. He will leave the venue on October 31 and the theatre is beginning its search for a new chief executive.

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Report highlights ‘serious flaws’ in UK arts building procurement

9th February 2012

A critical investigation into the construction of new UK arts buildings has recommended a radical shake-up of procurement. University of Cambridge researchers argued that the current national recommendations for using public money to build arts venues had ‘serious flaws’ and was responsible for the ‘disillusionment and loss of faith’ of individuals involved in such projects.

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Fight to save Workington Opera House still on, say campaigners

9th February 2012

A Workington pressure group fighting to save the town’s Opera House has denied rumours that its plans have stalled, claiming they are simply “on hold. The Opera House is owned by Graves (Cumberland) Limited, which submitted plans to demolish the Pow Street building and three shops below it and build apartments and shops. But Opera Action Ltd wants to transform the run-down building on Ladies Walk into a thriving theatre hub for west Cumbria.

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Felixstowe: Spa Pavilion campaigners given extra six months to save theatre

8th February 2012

There was no time for celebrations today for campaigners – despite winning a stay of execution for Felixstowe’s seafront theatre. Supporters of the Spa Pavilion have been given an extra six months to pull together a rescue plan but have been warned not to waste time. Last night Suffolk Coastal’s cabinet re-iterated its decision to withdraw funding and seek a commercial operator, charitable trust or similar body to run the 905-seat venue. But it agreed theatre operators Openwide Coastal Limited (OCL) could continue to run it until January.

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Living Wall for The Mermaid

8th February 2012

Mayor Boris Johnson announced last week as part of his cleaner air initiatives for London that a green ‘Living Wall’ is to be installed at The Mermaid Conference and Events Centre, subject to planning permission. The centre sits on one of London’s busiest and most heavily polluted roads and the thinking is for the green wall to not simply provide a visual attraction, but to trap pollutants.

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Uncertain future: £60k needed to stop Weymouth Pavilion closing

8th February 2012

The future of Weymouth Pavilion hangs in the balance as the council debates funding cuts. If plans to withhold an extra £60,000 of funding go ahead today the theatre could be forced to close. Weymouth and Portland Borough Council leisure spokesman and Labour councillor Andy Blackwood is against the decision and blames party politics for influencing the vote to pull resources. He said: “I want to highlight the fact that the vote at the management committee in December did not represent the views of the whole council.

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Anton Rippon: Knocking down the Hippodrome would be such a daft idea

8th February 2012

Derby Hippodrome, Bemrose School, and the Great Debate On Those Orange Bags For Recycling Your Cardboard – they are all matters that have been exercising me this week, writes Anton Rippon. Like many Derbeians, I’ve recently completed the survey about what to do with the dear old Hippo that has been vandalised beyond belief in Green Lane.

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