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Curtain stays down as critics fear for Gaiety Theatre, Ayr

7th October 2010

It is the latest twist in a drama where one of Scotland’s most historic theatres has taken centre stage. Almost two years after the curtain fell on the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr, there are fresh fears about its future as industry figures say they are “heavily critical” of a council’s regeneration strategy for the institution.

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre plans collaborations during revamp

7th October 2010

The Bristol Old Vic will be taking its shows on the road while the builders are in next year. The company’s King Street home will undergo a £19.3 million redevelopment starting in February.

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Watford Palace Theatre launches £120,000 restoration project

7th October 2010

A £120,000 project to restore Watford Palace Theatre’s historic facade has been launched. The theatre, in Clarendon Road, is one of nine charities in the east of England selected to take part in the Big Arts Give Challenge 2010.

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University should fund a new theatre in Exeter

7th October 2010

Exeter’s attempt to become a unitary authority was opposed by Devon County Council and proved expensive for both sides. The wasted money would have been sufficient to revitalise Exeter bus station, parts of which have become a disgrace to the city. It could have set in motion the building of a city centre traffic underpass and a new theatre.

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‘Serious concerns’ over future of Gaiety Theatre

7th October 2010

It is the latest twist in a drama where one of Scotland’s most historic theatres has taken centre stage. Almost two years after the curtain fell on the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr, there are fresh fears about its future as industry figures say they are “heavily critical” of a council’s regeneration strategy for the institution.

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Noises off - Buildings can be the brains behind theatre

7th October 2010

Bloggers debate whether conventional theatres can be spaces to ‘think with’, while the American actors’ union comes in for criticism online blogs Chris Wilkinson for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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The Colosseum, Watford is now under construction

7th October 2010

Mayor Dorothy Thornhill reveals a star-studded programme of big improvements at one of Watford’s best-loved entertainment venues, ably assisted by representatives of HQ Theatres and Kier London. A £5m rebuilding and renovation programme has now been launched by the Maple Cross office of Kier London, which will transform The Colosseum, a grade II listed building that has played host to leading names from the world of music and popular entertainment since the thirties.

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Campaigners look at restoration costs for Workington Opera House

7th October 2010

Campaigners fighting to save Workington’s former Opera House from demolition are seeking funding for a survey to find out how much it would cost to restore the derelict building. The Save Workington Opera House group is preparing its plans to return the building to a working theatre.

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HQ Theatres to run £26m Guildford venue

6th October 2010

HQ Theatres, the UK’s second largest regional theatre operator, has been chosen to run the new £26 million entertainment venue in Guildford. The as-yet unnamed building, which replaces the Guildford Civic on the same site, will become the ninth theatre in HQ’s portfolio when it opens in October 2011. It will also be the first venue that the company has run from start-up.

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Lostboys aiming to restore historic former Railway Institute theatre in Derby

6th October 2010

A Derby theatre group wants to restore a historic city centre venue into a new theatre. The 500-seat theatre at the former Railway Institute on Railway Terrace has fallen into disrepair in the last few decades.

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