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Southampton city arts scheme given planning permission

28th September 2011

A new £21m arts complex in Southampton has been given planning permission by the city council. The authority says the 100,000 sq ft arts complex, restaurant and retail centre will create more than 300 jobs. Developer Grosvenor plans to start work on the site, located on the former Tyrrell and Green department store building, next summer.

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Arts Council England responds to the Draft National Planning Policy Framework

27th September 2011

Arts Council England has published its response to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on the Draft National Planning Policy Framework. The Framework seeks to significantly reduce the number of pages of planning policy and guidance but this streamlined approach has meant that arts and culture are not referenced.

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Nick Giles to head Shoreditch Town Hall

27th September 2011

Nick Giles has been appointed chief executive of Shoreditch Town Hall. Giles, who stepped down as executive producer at the Donmar Warehouse after six months in the role earlier this summer, said he wanted to make the venue a “destination space and creative hub in east London”.

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Creative Scotland announces head of theatre

27th September 2011

Creative Scotland has appointed Laura Mackenzie Stuart, currently managing director of Edinburgh Festival Fringe venue Universal Arts, as a portfolio manager for theatre, talent development and own art.

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Rendlesham: Villagers want to save former sports centre and theatre

27th September 2011

There are fears in Rendlesham that the former sports centre and Angel Theatre will be knocked down to make way for housing. The theatre closed in 2007 with the sports centre, which housed Jets Gym, following in 2009, but people in the village want to see the buildings made available for community use. They packed an emergency public meeting at Rendlesham Community Centre last week to hear ideas for the buildings, which stand next to each other on Suffolk Drive.

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Cheltenham Everyman reopens after £3m refurbishment

27th September 2011

A Gloucestershire theatre will celebrate its 120th birthday in October following the completion of its first refurbishment in 30 years. More than £3m has been spent on the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, blending the modern with the theatre’s Victorian roots.

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Press Release: Defending Champions retain The Theatres Trust People’s Choice Award 2011

27th September 2011

For immediate release Global Design Solutions is the winner of The Theatres Trust People’s Choice Award for the second year running. Matt Lloyd, Managing Director of GDS was presented with the sustainability award by the Chairman of The Theatres Trust, Rob Dickins, CBE, for its ArcSystem LED-based house lighting system.

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Theatre returns to Brixton

26th September 2011

Brixton in south London is to get its first major professional theatre in more than a decade, with a new venue opening on the site of the old Shaw Theatre at the Brix. With a capacity between 150 and 200 people, the venue is located in the converted St Matthew’s Church, which also hosts a bar, nightclub and a number of other creative businesses.

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Blog: Comedy Theatre in the West End is being renamed after Harold Pinter, but has he jumped the queue

26th September 2011

Harold Pinter, to use one of his own more memorable phrases, would surely be “chuffed to his bollocks” to learn that the Comedy Theatre in the West End is to be renamed after him. In fact, the dramatist, who died in 2008, was keen that this should happen in his lifetime and on one occasion mentioned the fact to Tom Stoppard writes Charles Spencer for The Telegraph

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Brighton Astoria office plans approved

26th September 2011

The former Astoria in Gloucester Place, Brighton is to be demolished and replaced with a six-storey, “media hub” development . The Grade II Listed building, purchased by local businessman Mike Holland for £2.2m, has stood vacant since 1997 when it was last used as a bingo hall. While some local residents believed the building should be restored, others have called it an “eyesore”.

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