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London: A History of the City in Theatre

1st June 2011

London is famous for its theatre; the West End is the largest theatre district in the world. The area, which contains around forty venues, is known for housing some of the best drama England has to offer. West End theatres can be identified by their location, falling within an area bordered by Oxford Street to the north, Regent Street to the west, The Strand in the south and Kingsway to the east; and there are plenty of reasons to visit, too.

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Roxana Silbert appointed as Birmingham Rep artistic director

31st May 2011

Roxana Silbert has been appointed as the new artistic director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Silbert, who is an associate director at the Royal Shakespeare Company and is a former artistic director of new writing company Paines Plough, succeeds Rachel Kavanagh who stepped down in March after five years in the role.

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Support the League for Historic American Theatres Annual Auction

31st May 2011

Once again, the League for Historic American Theatres will feature a number of exciting, often unique, items in its Online and Silent Auction. Bidding will begin on June 27th and the live event will take place July 13th in Schenectady, during their 35th Annual Conference.

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RIBA Award wins for the RST, Parabola Arts and Sevenoaks PAC

31st May 2011

The RIBA awards have been announced – all 89 of them. And in some practices there will be more rejoicing than in others. Theatres fared well, Bennetts Associates claimed a prize for the Royal Shalespeare Theatre, Foster Wilsons’ Parabola Arts at the Cheltenham Ladies College and Tim Ronalds’ Sevenoaks Performing Arts Centre also won awards.

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Sadness as curtain comes down on Cheltenham Coliseum

31st May 2011

People have been remembering a popular Cheltenham cinema after it was reported that the building that housed it was to be demolished. The old Springbok bar in Albion Street is being knocked down to make way for 14 flats and some offices. Before it became a drinking place, the building was an entertainment hub. It opened as a theatre in 1913 and was turned into a cinema in 1931. Originally called Gillsmith’s Hippodrome, its name was later changed to the Coliseum.

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Hoxton Hall gets the green light from the Heritage Lottery Fund

30th May 2011

Hoxton Hall has today been awarded initial Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) support, including £207,400 development funding, which will enable the Hall to develop plans to apply for a full £2m grant at a later date. The project aims to preserve and restore this Grade II* listed Music Hall Theatre, built in 1863, and one of only four remaining in the UK. It will also ensure the Hall remains operational and accessible as a theatre and events space for the use of Londoners for another 148 years.

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Campaign launched to save Bournemouth Pier Theatre

30th May 2011

A showbiz producer is to launch a campaign to save the threatened Pier Theatre. Lee Redwood, of Lee Redwood Productions, says the town “simply can’t afford” to lose the facility and claims it could be a success with the right management. Mr Redwood, who has produced in the Pier Theatre adds: “I feel if it were to be managed correctly, it would be the perfect venue for a star studded summer season show during the school summer holidays and used for amateur dramatics companies for the rest of the year.”

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Town in shock over Bournemouth Pier Theatre's plight

29th May 2011

Children’s TV star Chris Jarvis has led the expressions of shock that Bournemouth is likely to lose its Pier Theatre. The private company which operates the pier attractions wants to shut the theatre at the end of this summer. It plans to turn it into an all-weather attraction with a surf training wave, climbing walls and high ropes courses.

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Bloomsbury and Faber unite to create digital drama archive

27th May 2011

Publishing houses Bloomsbury and Faber and Faber are to launch an online digital archive giving access to more than 2,000 years of drama. Drama Online, which will launch in October 2012, will offer access to digital versions of plays ranging from Greek dramas to recent hits and will include titles by Shakespeare, Chekhov and Ibsen, as well as modern works from writers including Caryl Churchill, Polly Stenham and Alan Ayckbourn.

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Glory days are on way back for landmark Bridgeton Olympia

27th May 2011

Demolition work has started on one of Glasgow’s oldest theatres and cinemas. But the curtain will rise again at the historic Olympia, which put on its first stage show 100 years ago.

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