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Campaigners’ final plea to save Barry Theatre Royal

22nd December 2010

A battle to stop an historic cinema being replaced by a care flats complex is entering its final stages. Tension is mounting in the fight to stop the demolition of the 100-year-old Theatre Royal cinema in Barry. The drama is likely to come to a climax early next year when plans to demolish the cinema and build a 40-flat “extra care” complex on the site go before Vale of Glamorgan councillors.

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Tony Graham to step down from the London Unicorn

21st December 2010

Tony Graham, artistic director and chief executive of London’s Unicorn Theatre, has announced that he is stepping down.

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SMG Europe to run York Barbican and Scunthorpe Baths Hall

20th December 2010

Arena operator SMG Europe is to run the newly refurbished York Barbican and has been awarded the contract to manage the new Baths Hall in Scunthorpe.

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Fiona Allan appointed chief executive of Curve

20th December 2010

Wales Millennium Centre artistic director Fiona Allan has been appointed chief executive of Leicester Theatre Trust, which manages the city’s Curve venue and will join the team at Curve in spring 2011.

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Northern Bank 'sets scene' for Lyric Belfast

20th December 2010

The Belfast Lyric Theatre has announced a major funding boost as details of a five-year partnership with Northern Bank were revealed at an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the new theatre. Building work is nearing completion and the Lyric will reopen its doors on Sunday 1 May 2011 with a gala performance on the newly named Northern Bank Stage.

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Gomp/Arts Blog: Easy to take theatre for granted

17th December 2010

BBC’s Arts Editor Will Gompertz blogs: What would you pay to be one of only 300 or so people at a gig of your favourite musical superstar? Something like Prince performing at a ticket-only function in your local or Beyonce knocking out a live set for a select few? Millionaires pay millions for this level of intimacy with a rock-god; most, if they liked the act, would pay more than £29.

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Theatre design: Royal Shakespeare Theatre renovation, Stratford-upon-Avon, by Bennetts Associates

17th December 2010

Bennetts Associates’ design for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre reworks the existing fabric in a pragmatic and sometimes playful way. The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon was a Victorian medieval fantasy, with a half-timbered attic resting on corbelled brickwork, crowned by a steep chateau roof.

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Theatre design: Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury by Keith Williams Architects and the New Entertainment Venue, Guildford, by Austin-Smith: Lord

17th December 2010

The Architects Journal Technical study of two performance venues by Austin-Smith: Lord and Keith Williams Architects. Performance venues can be one of the most difficult of building types to design – funding is often limited, budgets and sites are frequently restricted and they have to address complex functional demands as well as accommodate large volumes of people. Keith Williams Architects’ Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and Austin-Smith: Lord’s New Entertainment Venue in Guildford, currently on site, have particularly exacting briefs and sites.

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Groups form trust over future of Thornbury theatre

17th December 2010

Plans to build a new theatre in Thornbury have taken a step forward with the forming of a working group by local arts supporters and the trust that runs the Armstrong Hall complex. The group has been formed to investigate the practical and financial feasibility of creating a theatre within the Armstrong Hall – for many years the major venue for many events and productions in the town but badly in need of improvement.

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Musical theatre collection to be left to the nation

16th December 2010

Britain’s largest private collection of musical theatre memorabilia is to be left to the nation. Rexton S Bunnett created Overtures: The Bunnett-Muir Musical Theatre Archive Trust with the collection he had developed with his late partner John Muir.

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