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Woolwich Grand Theatre gets go-ahead from council

16th September 2011

A rare bit of good news for Woolwich – plans to convert the old cinema/nightclub building on Wellington Street into an arts centre got planning permission from Greenwich Council. The building’s been empty for a few years following the closure of the N’Tyce club there, which succeeded infamous 80s/90s venue Flamingos (or, as we called it, Flaming Joe’s).

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Why the Bush was centre-stage for the new writing renaissance

15th September 2011

Before the Bush moves from its home of 40 years, Dominic Dromgoole remembers the ground-breaking plays, the tawdry tales and why working there was such a privilege

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Demolition of Farnham Redgrave Theatre proposed

15th September 2011

Listed building application: WA/2011/1215

The Theatres Trust has made comments on the above listed building consent application submitted to Waverley Borough Council for the demolition of the Redgrave Theatre and conversion of Brightwell House to form two restaurant units including a single/two storey extensions to the north and west and alterations to Brighwell House.

The Theatres Trust has objected to the application. Read the Trust’s response.

To view details of the application online, please click here and enter the application number, then click Search.


Looking back on ten memorable years of the Kings Theatre in Southsea

14th September 2011

There’s a buzz of anticipation in the air as the audience arrives and files through the foyer, looking forward to an evening of entertainment. It’s been this way at the Kings Theatre in Southsea ever since 1907. But back in 2001, the curtain was in danger of coming down for the last time.

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Chichester Festival Theatre history by novelist Kate Mosse to be published

14th September 2011

Best-selling author Kate Mosse is to publish a book to mark the 50th anniversary of Chichester Festival Theatre. She has also written The House – Behind the Scenes at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

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Switch to rechargeable batteries, Julie’s Bicycle urges theatres

14th September 2011

Green arts organisation Julie’s Bicycle has launched a campaign to encourage theatres to switch from disposable to rechargeable batteries, saying this would deliver cash savings as well as environmental benefits.

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Welsh arts council puts refurbishment ahead of new builds

14th September 2011

New-build arts venues will be a “rarity” in Wales over the next five years due to tight economic conditions, according to the Arts Council of Wales. ACW has announced plans to prioritise funding for arts organisations wanting to refurbish their facilities ahead of new-build projects in its new draft capital strategy for 2012-17. It states that “there will be no repeat of the high levels of funding” for projects experienced when Lottery cash first became available.

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Stage extension proposed for the Oast Theatre, Tonbridge

14th September 2011

Planning application: TM/11/01948/FL

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for a ground floor extension to increase the area of the stage at the Oast Theatre, London Road, Tonbridge.

The Theatres Trust supported the application. Read the Trust’s response.

To view details of the application online, please click here and enter the application number, then click Search.


NFASP asks: Where are the artists in planning policy?

14th September 2011

The National Federation of Artists’ Studio Providers (NFASP) suggests strongly that Government should strengthen the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) guidance by making explicit reference to culture and to its role as an essential component of balanced sustainable development.

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Maclesfield Cocoon theatre will be ‘world class’

14th September 2011

Plans have been unveiled for a world-class theatre which could transform the centre of Macclesfield. Named The Cocoon after its striking design, it takes the shape of a silk cocoon to reflect Macclesfield’s silk heritage. Attached to the 700-seat theatre would be a 150-strong performing arts college, rehearsal rooms for use by the community as well as a bar, shops, and restaurants, with the possibility of a hotel and residential space.

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