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Theatres Trust Christmas Card 2011 on sale

13th December 2011

Order yours today! The Theatres Trust are delighted to announce that one of our Planning Volunteers, Louise Mark, has created this year’s Christmas Card and we’re offering it for sale to help raise funds for the Trust. It is a beautiful atmospheric watercolour of the Lyceum Theatre in London at night.

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Curtain up on a brighter future as Derby Theatre fans provide inspirational ideas

12th December 2011

The future of Derby theatre is looking brighter following a brainstorming session by professionals and enthusiasts. More than 80 people attended a meeting called Open Space at the venue on Saturday10th, where all ideas could be put on the table to discuss the best way forward for theatre in the city. From next April, Derby Theatre, the lease of which is controlled by the University of Derby, is to have a new structure and take lead responsibility for producing theatre in the city.

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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion options under the microscope

12th December 2011

Options for the future of Felixstowe’s seafront theatre have been considered by councillors behind closed doors. They were presented with a secret report on ideas to develop the Spa Pavilion following a full appraisal of the 905-seater venue and various ideas for improving it was carried out by consultants.

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Lathams appointed to lead Options Appraisal for Derby Hippodrome

11th December 2011

Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust has just appointed local architects Lathams to lead an options appraisal for the Derby Hippodrome. The appraisal will consider all possible uses for the former theatre and assess which would be financially sustainable. The options appraisal is a necessary first step in the restoration of the Grade II listed building, which was partially demolished by the owner Christopher Anthony in March 2008.

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Liverpool's Epstein Theatre to open as live music venue

9th December 2011

A Liverpool theatre, renamed after Beatle’s manager Brian Epstein, is to open as a live music venue. The Epstein theatre, previously called The Neptune, has undergone a £1m refurbishment, completed in July. The venue will be operated by Liverpool Sound City, which will also use the venue to showcase pop culture in art and drama productions. The theatre is expected to open in early 2012.

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Swindon Mechanics trust hits out at retirement idea

8th December 2011

The Mechanics Institution Trust has branded plans to turn the historic building into a retirement village uninspirational. The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, which specialises in helping to bring buildings at risk of demolition or decay back into use, has prepared a report looking at transforming the Mechanics’ and parts of the Railway Village into a retirement complex.

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Barnard Castle's Witham Hall revamp HLF project funding boost

7th December 2011

A project to restore a Grade II listed building in a County Durham town has been given a £336,000 boost. The Heritage Lottery Fund grant will be used for a two-year-project at Witham Hall, Barnard Castle. It will involve the building being restored and turned into a heritage learning centre for the community.

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New book: Geometry and Atmosphere Theatre Buildings from Vision to Reality

7th December 2011

Drawing on detailed design, construction and financial histories of six prominent Performing Arts buildings with budgets ranging from £3.4 million to over £100 million, Geometry and Atmosphere presents unique and valuable insights into the complex process of building for the arts.

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Edinburgh Fringe firm’s collapse turns drama into tragedy for performers

7th December 2011

An award-winning Edinburgh Festival Fringe company has collapsed leaving a huge trail of debts – and demands for a shake-up in the way theatre groups are paid. At least are dozen companies are still thousands of pounds out of pocket after Remarkable Arts failed to hand over box-office takings at the end of this year’s festival. The company, run by a former general manager of the Fringe, Tim Hawkins, is expected to go into liquidation early next year after a winding-up order was instigated late last month. Affected companies have been offered specialist legal advice to help keep them afloat, with Creative Scotland, the Federation of Scottish Theatre and the Festival Fringe Society all dragged into the crisis.

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Theatrical Management Association launches support service for Local Authorities

7th December 2011

The Theatrical Management Association (TMA) is launching a brokering service for local authorities with the intention of helping to sustain theatre provision by sharing good practice, including innovative ways of reducing costs and increasing income.

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