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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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Council is urging University of Derby to get behind new 800-seat theatre plan

30th April 2011

Derby City Council is urging people to get behind its plans for a 800-seat theatre to help make its ambition a reality. And among those it wants to be involved is the University of Derby, which is running Derby Theatre after purchasing the lease when the former Playhouse went into administration. The city council says the plans for a bigger venue will not mean the end of Derby Theatre.

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New £85m college building in Northampton to open to include theatre spaces

29th April 2011

A new £85m campus has opened for Northampton College. Staff and students have moved into the first phase of the college’s new building at Booth Lane. The new 22,000 sq m (236,806 sq ft) structure on the corner of St Gregory’s Road and Booth Lane includes professional dance and theatre spaces, engineering workshops and IT suites.

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New splash of colour brightens theatre up at Swansea's Dylan Thomas Theatre

29th April 2011

The curtain has gone up on a colourful new mural at Swansea’s Dylan Thomas Theatre. It has won £1,000 worth of paint and materials to create a stunning new artwork on the front of the building. One of Swansea’s most popular cultural attractions, the theatre was regional winner of the Dulux Decorator Centres’ Colouring the Community 10th anniversary competition.

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