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Future of iconic Cochrane Theatre in doubt as Grange Hotels plan take centre stage

14th October 2010

It was Camden’s “Swinging Sixties” stage – a playhouse associated with the likes of legendary director Peter Brook and controversial playwright Joe Orton. But now it has emerged that the Cochrane Theatre in Holborn could be facing the wrecker’s ball under plans being drawn up by a luxury hotel chain.

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Gwent Theatre steps up fight to reverse Welsh funding cuts

13th October 2010

Gwent Theatre has taken its case for funding to the Welsh Assembly Government, after Arts Council Wales decided to cut its grant from next year. Representatives from Gwent and Spectacle Theatre, two of the three Theatre in Education companies in Wales that have been cut in ACW’s recent investment review, have presented evidence to the Community and Culture Committee of WAG about the situation.

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Aylesbury’s £42m Waterside theatre opens

13th October 2010

Aylesbury’s new £42 million theatre, the Waterside, has opened, making it Ambassador Theatre Group’s 39th performance space. The theatre replaces the nearby civic centre, which closed earlier this year, and is part of Aylesbury Vale District Council’s plans to regenerate the town’s canal area.

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Northampton's Royal and Derngate Theatre provides £20m to economy

13th October 2010

A theatre contributes about £20m a year to the local economy in Northampton, a new report has found. The Arts Council economic impact study has identified and assessed the amount people spend when they visit the Royal and Derngate Theatre.

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Noises off: High ticket prices raise questions about theatre's values

13th October 2010

UK theatre’s post-cuts future is prefigured in the US, where venues have to charge punters through the nose to stay afloat blogs Chris Wilkinson for The Guardian.

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Authorities could use compulsory purchase to buy and protect Dance Academy building

13th October 2010

The future of one of Plymouth’s most iconic buildings is still in doubt after jailed Dance Academy owner Manoucehr Bahmanzadeh was ordered to pay £1million under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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Planners give go-ahead for demolition of old Cumbrian theatre

13th October 2010

Workington Opera House is to be knocked down to make way for new shops and apartments. Allerdale council approved controversial plans lodged by Graves (Cumberland) Ltd to demolish the Ladies Walk building and three shops below it. It was the third time the plans, opposed by 120 people who signed a petition and 16 who wrote letters of objection, had come before the development panel, meeting at the Wave Centre in Maryport.

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Lloyd Webber announces refurb plans as Palladium celebrates centenary

12th October 2010

Andrew Lloyd Webber has joined with Bruce Forsyth, Ken Dodd and Michael Ball to celebrate the 100th birthday of the London Palladium. They were among the leading showbusiness figures who came together today to celebrate the centenary of the famous venue.

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Penelope Keith in show of support for Derby Hippodrome

12th October 2010

Penelope Keith CBE DL, a Trustee of The Theatres Trust made a special appearance outside Derby Hippodrome Theatre today in a show of support for the theatre’s future.

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Good Life star backing Derby Hippodrome restoration bid

12th October 2010

Veteran actress Penelope Keith made a surprise trip to Derby to add momentum to a campaign geared at restoring the former Hippodrome theatre. The Good Life star stood outside the badly-damaged building and said it was “awful” to see it in such a poor condition.

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