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Nostalgia and History: The 19th century Lyric Hammersmith becomes a pile of rubble

1st December 2010

The Lyric Theatre, Bradmore Grove, Hammersmith, is pictured on June 19, 1972, during its demolition. The Theatre had opened on 20 July 1895, replacing an earlier structure. The tiny theatre was designed by Frank Matcham and had a seating capacity of 775 people. It was enlarged slightly four years later.

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Puppets raise £7,200 at Norwich Puppet Theatre's auction

1st December 2010

Norwich Puppet Theatre has raised £7,200 for its coffers from an auction of celebrity endorsed puppets to mark its 30th anniversary. The hammer went down on the puppets – designed by celebrities including Gok Wan and Gary Lineker – at The Forum in Norwich on 30 November 2010.

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New beginnings at the Glasgow Citizens Theatre

30th November 2010

One could be forgiven for thinking the Gorbals is in the midst of being demolished. Opposite the Citizens Theatre, there’s a huge mountain of rubble where a high rise block used to stand. The theatre itself remains – even though the recent departure from the building of artistic director Jeremy Raison suggests one of Glasgow’s boldest institutions is undergoing a period of reconstruction and regeneration.

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Fire damages former Lonsdale Cinema in Carlisle

30th November 2010

A fire which damaged part of a former Lonsdale in Carlisle is being treated as suspicious. More than 20 firefighters tackled the blaze at the derelict venue in Warwick Road on Monday night. It is believed the fire started in the bingo hall area at the rear of the building, which closed in 2006.

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Blog: Exploring the Acoustics of the New Royal Shakespeare Theatre

29th November 2010

The new thrust theatre form of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre auditorium presented a uniquely important acoustical challenge in an area of room acoustics where there is almost no research or precedent to provide design guidance blogs Nicholas Edwards from Acoustic Dimensions.

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Ireland cuts arts funding and tax exemption

29th November 2010

Ireland’s arts sector has suffered a double blow in the four-year austerity plan just announced by the country’s government, with finance minister Brian Lenihan due to deliver further bad news in next month’s budget.

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Forest Cafe wins first fight against plans to redevelop its Edinburgh home

29th November 2010

The Forest Cafe in Edinburgh, home to Forest Fringe during August’s festivals, has won the first skirmish in its battle to remain at Bristo Place after a planning application to convert the building into flats was withdrawn.

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'Heart of the community' aim for The Core at Corby Cube

29th November 2010

Corby’s new theatre, The Core at Corby Cube, has been designed as a community venue to help people to get involved and express themselves. Local people were involved in the design of the theatre and the type of work to be staged there. But how successful has the new venue been at taking on the views of Corby residents?

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Sir Peter Hall attacks 'insane' arts cuts

29th November 2010

Theatre veteran Sir Peter Hall has described cuts to arts funding as “insane” in a speech at the Evening Standard theatre awards in London. Sir Peter, who has just turned 80, was being honoured for his contribution to world theatre. He urged an audience – packed with top actors and directors – to make “loud noises” against budget cuts. “It’s insane,” Sir Peter said. “I feel really ill at the thought of over 50 years thrown away.”

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Royal Shakespeare theatre complex, Stratford-upon-Avon

28th November 2010

The revamped RSC showcase has its faults, but it will make watching Shakespeare a more rewarding experience. The revamp of the RSC’s building aims to combine modern architecture with the spirit of Shakespeare’s theatre. Rowan Moore from 5The Obsewrver discusses.

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