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Byre raises curtain on brighter future

12th September 2011

After a year of turmoil, the future is looking brighter for the Byre Theatre — but officials admit difficult times may still lie ahead. The Byre suffered a blow last June when arts body Creative Scotland announced it was pulling the plug on the St Andrews theatre’s flexible funding, worth £160,000 a year.

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Newcastle Theatre Royal reopens after renovation

12th September 2011

Newcastle’s Theatre Royal will reopen following a six month, £5 million renovation project. The Grade I listed theatre’s Victorian auditorium has been recreated from the original architect Frank Matcham’s designs, which date back to 1901. New carpets, lighting, seats, wallpaper and gold-leaf plasterwork have all been refitted in the revamp.

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St Albans Trestle Theatre looks to future after Arts Council cuts

12th September 2011

A St Albans arts centre is closing to the public for part of its working week following a 100% cut in its funding. Trestle Theatre, which runs Trestle Arts Base, lost about £260,000 in this year’s Arts Council cuts, making it also unable to run its touring company. But it is now looking to a new future with a focus on arts provision for young people. It will also look at bringing a variety of small scale shows for all ages to the theatre.

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Exhibition: Bricks and Mortar - with a little gilt

9th September 2011

The Stephen Joseph Theatre are proud to be hosting an exhibition of Ian Grundy’s theatre architecture photographs illustrating the huge variety of venues in the UK. From Opera Houses to “Found Spaces”, from Victorian music halls to 21st Century playhouses, some are pretty others are atmospheric but all contribute to the cultural life of their area. The photographs date from the mid 1980’s to the present day.

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Conference: Power In Space - Historic architecture transfigured for contemporary culture

9th September 2011

FCBS & Buro Happold are organising an event which brings international designers and directors together to create lively and uplifting debate. Innovation in re-using existing buildings for contemporary culture and performance will provide the focus. It will be held at Bath Abbey, who are kindly donating the use of this glorious medieval church. As well as compelling talks by top class professionals they will also be engaging with the Abbey’s physical presence, using materials, light and sound to create a sensory and intellectual experience to remember.

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Final details and finishes proposed for the London Hippodrome

9th September 2011

Listed building application: 11/06716/ADLBC

Westminster City Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above listed building application with details of the decorative treatment including plasterwork to the new entrance, circulation spaces, basement bar and auditorium pursuant to Condition 2© of listed building consent dated 13 May 2010 (RN:10/01085/LBC) for the London Hippodrome.

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

To view the planning application online, please click here and enter the application number and click search.


Extensions and refurbishment proposed for Liverpool’s Royal Court.

9th September 2011

Planning and Listed building applications: 11L/1271 and 11L/1272

Liverpool City Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above applications to erect a ground floor extension creating a new entrance, adaptions for a new foyer space and back-of-house facilities, a new roof top extension to provide new public bar and amenity space with associated internal alterations at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool.

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.


Blog: Culture and creativity have more value than merely as instruments of Scotland's economic success

8th September 2011

There are eight references to culture in the Scottish Government’s Programme for 2011 -12 published yesterday, four refer to the role of the arts and culture in supporting the plan for economic growth. The other four are used in the other sense of the word, referencing the drive to change performance or management culture in public services. There are more references to creativity and, while some of these references are to the creative industries, the dominant use of the word in the document is to describe a core trait of the Scots character which can be harnessed to achieve, yes, economic growth.

Scotland is a country rich in economic potential. Our people are creative, ambitious and resilient …Our vision is for a nation where the skills and creativity of all our people contribute to a growing and sustainable economy in our communities, villages, towns and cities.

While its great to see the recognition of the power of creativity and culture in contributing towards economic success, there is a distinct lack of reference to the vital importance of participation in culture for the general and rounded success of Scotland.

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The Theatres Trust announces entrants for its People's Choice Award 2011

7th September 2011

For immediate release

The Theatres Trust are pleased to announce that the following products have been entered for our second People’s Choice Award at PLASA 2011, Earls Court, London.

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Press Coverage: Notes from the Chair of AD:uk on culture within the National Planning Policy Framework

6th September 2011

One of the noticeable differences between the Coalition government and the old administration is a significant reduction in the number of cultural initiatives coming out of the centre. Now I’ve said before that I don’t wish a return to the initiative overload we experienced under the previous regime, but it has taken some time to work out what the Coalition cultural policy actually is. That emerged – as I reported back in July – from the network meeting the Department of Culture, Media and Sport organises for local authorities. And the DCMS priorities, to reprise, are London 2012, contributing to growth, tourism and the school games, with arms-length support to the arts through the Arts Council of England, and a ‘localism’ approach to libraries, culture and heritage.

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