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Royal Court Liverpool holds exhibition of new theatre design

3rd May 2011

The Royal Court Liverpool Trust is holding a free public exhibition of its plans for the renovation of the art deco Grade 2-listed theatre this week in a RIBA Architruck on Williamson Square in the city centre. The exhibition is running from Tuesday 3 May until Saturday 7 May and will be open to the public from 11am until 4pm each day.

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Spotlight on West Yorkshire Playhouse chairman proving a hard act to follow

3rd May 2011

Lizzie Murphy meets the man behind the scenes at Leeds based West Yorkshire Playhouse as the hunt is on for a new chairman. Three candidates have been shortlisted and the nominations committee is due to meet in the next few weeks to decide if there is a clear front-runner to replace Brian Bouttell, who steps down next March.

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£3.9m revamp set for Penarth Pier's pavilion that could include a theatre

3rd May 2011

Ambitious plans to restore a pavilion on a Victorian pier are expected to be approved. An arts group wants to turn the “iconic building” on Penarth Pier, Vale of Glamorgan, into a new £3.9m leisure facility and council planners say the proposals have the potential to “significantly enhance” the local economy.

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North Yorkshire's Georgian Theatre appoints new Chief Executive

3rd May 2011

The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, the oldest original working theatre in the UK, has appointed Kate Longmate as its new Chief Executive. Kate will take over from the Theatre’s Interim Manager, Warnock Kerr, on Monday 4th July 2011.

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Lyric transforms Belfast skyline with its theatre of dreams

3rd May 2011

The new £18.1m Lyric Theatre on Belfast’s River Lagan opened its doors at the weekend with a series of special events. On Saturday, in the Naughton Studio, the opening ceremony included performances from actors Adrian Dunbar and Simon Callow, and concert pianist Barry Douglas. Braniel Primary School also performed an excerpt from one of the Creative Learning projects that the Lyric has delivered in partnership with local schools.

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London Opera Glass Company donate money to The Theatres Trust

2nd May 2011

This month, Philip Main was delighted to present a cheque to The Theatres Trust, for £405. This marks the eight theatres recently signing up to the service plus one rogue five pound note found stuffed into a glasses dispenser at the Theatre Royal in Norwich.

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Developer for Whitley Bay's Spanish City revamp revealed

1st May 2011

The developer for a multi million-pound seafront regeneration scheme in North Tyneside has been unveiled. North Tyneside Council said the move sealed plans for Whitley Bay’s Spanish City site, which include a new hotel, care home and apartments. Gateshead-based Robertson North East will carry out work on the 7.5 acre (3 hectare) site, which also includes the former Empress Ballroom.

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Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre closes for £3m makeover

30th April 2011

Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre is to close for a major £3m makeover. The final performance is on Saturday before the theatre is temporarily closed, until September, for its first revamp in 30 years. Geoffrey Rowe, Everyman’s chief executive, said: “It’s time this old building had a bit of refurbishment.” The venue will be closed between now and 26 September with the work being completed in time for its 120th anniversary in October.

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Plans are revealed for new 800-seat theatre in Derby

30th April 2011

A new 800-seat theatre could be built in Derby in the next four to five years, it has been revealed. The new venue would be run by the city council’s arts arm Derby Live and would be the base for home-grown productions and larger scale touring shows. The authority believes the theatre and the planned 4,000-seat concert hall at Pride Park will add to the city’s current mix of venues.

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Curtain-up at Belfast's new £18m Lyric Theatre

30th April 2011

The curtain finally lifted on the new £18m Lyric Theatre last night after a two-year wait. For the 19-strong cast of The Crucible, last night’s first performance represented the culmination of five weeks of intense rehearsals. The specially invited audience was made up of donors who helped make the new state-of-the-art building a reality.

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