The Theatres Trust

SOS for Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre

26th November 2010

A rallying cry went out this week to safeguard Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre as supporters joined forces with business leaders and councillors to try to ensure the future of “the jewel in Waveney’s crown”. It was revealed last week that a five-month search for a new group to take on the day-to-day running of the council-run theatre had failed and that another lengthy procurement process was now required.

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Hull Truck in a “risky situation” after £100k council funding cut

25th November 2010

Hull Truck Theatre has had its local authority funding cut by £100,000 next year. At a meeting earlier in the week, Hull City Council decided to reduce its funding to the venue by £100,000, cutting it from £386,780 to £286,780 for 2011/12.

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Gomp/Arts: Stratford's thrusting new stage

24th November 2010

If Shakespeare were alive today and writing his line “all the world’s a stage”, he might add: “and most of the auditorium, too”. Especially if he had just visited the £112m overhaul of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon blogs Will Gompertz for the BBC.

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One small step for Theatreplan, one giant leap for the New Wimbledon Theatre

24th November 2010

The New Wimbledon Theatre celebrated its centenary this year during its major refurbishment programme. Managed by the Ambassador Theatre Group and owned by the London Borough of Merton, which is also funding the work, the theatre is benefiting from a refurbishment that includes re-carpeting and decorating the public areas, adding a green room, improving the dressing rooms, enlarging the pit and refurbishing the stage and stalls.

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Contest to be launched for new Manchester arts venue

24th November 2010

The Cornerhouse cinema and the Library Theatre Company will hold an international competition to design a new joint home in Manchester City Centre. The £19 million ‘major new cultural facility and cultural hub’ on the northern side of First Street will house 600m² of gallery space, a 500-seat theatre, studios, an outdoor performance space as well as a café and back of house facilities.

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New home for Cornerhouse and Library Theatre in £19m arts centre plan

24th November 2010

Manchester’s iconic Cornerhouse cinema is set to move into a new £19m venue as part of a major arts shake-up. The new building, near the former Hacienda club on Whitworth Street West, will also house the Library Theatre, which has needed a home since moving as part of the town hall redevelopment.

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Bennetts Associates' Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens its doors

24th November 2010

[FIRST LOOK] Bennetts Associates’ £112.8 million transformation of the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres at Stratford-upon-Avon was officially opened this week after four years of redevelopment

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Mander and Mitchenson theatre collection to quit London

24th November 2010

The Raymond Mander and Joe Mitchenson Theatre Collection, one of Britain’s most renowned theatre archives, is moving to Bristol from its London home next year. MMTC, currently housed in the Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts in the Trinity Laban campus in London, is to become part of the University of Bristol Theatre Collection.

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Library Theatre plans £19 million new Manchester home

24th November 2010

Manchester’s Library Theatre is to move into a new £19 million building with contemporary art and film organisation Cornerhouse. The two arts organisations will be housed in a purpose-built building together on First Street, which will include a 500-seat theatre, a smaller studio space, an outdoor performance area, five cinemas and 600 square metres of contemporary gallery space.

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Westminster admits ‘concern’ at theatre delay

24th November 2010

Westminster council has expressed concern over the delay in creating a replacement venue on the site of the old Westminster Theatre near Victoria. The central London theatre has been closed since 2002 when, following a fire, the building was demolished by its then owner with the intention of turning most of the site into flats.

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