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Child's play: A boom in British theatre

11th October 2010

They cannot pronounce “proscenium arch” yet, let alone spell it, but a new generation of theatregoers is flocking to the box office and dragging parents along behind. Growing demand for productions suitable for younger audiences is prompting theatres to stage shows either solely for children or that bridge the generation gap. The most noticeable growth is in performances for under-fives.

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Theatre and sports centre idea for Carlisle school site

11th October 2010

A mass community complex incorporating a theatre, sports arena, school and library is being considered on the site of a Carlisle secondary school which is closing at the end of the year. Pupils at the school, formerly known as Harraby and North Cumbria Technology College and now a temporary site of the Richard Rose Central Academy, will move into their new academy site on Lismore Place in December.

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City culture at risk from government cuts say venue bosses

8th October 2010

Art in Oxford is at risk of being “severely damaged” if venues are hit by funding cuts under the Government’s spending review. Bosses from the Playhouse Theatre, Pegasus Theatre and Modern Oxford say art is vital to the city and must be preserved to protect Oxford’s identity.

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Public invite over Theatr Colwyn plans for redevelopment

8th October 2010

Plans for a £738,000 redevelopment of Theatr Colwyn in Colwyn Bay are being presented to the public. Work will be carried out on the 125-year-old venue over the winter months. Money will be spent moving the bar and creating a new box office, office space and community room. There will also be disabled access to all floors.

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Middleton Popstars’ £70,000 bid for new community theatre 'of dreams'

8th October 2010

A project to build a new community theatre close to the town centre is up and running. Middleton Popstars wants to raise £70,000 to construct a 100-seat theatre next door to their existing base on Morton Street.

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Councillors to debate Workington's Opera House bid

8th October 2010

Campaigners fighting to save Workington’s Opera House from demolition will again bring their battle in front of planners next week. The run-down Opera House has been earmarked by Graves (Cumberland) Ltd to be flattened and replaced with a shopping and apartment complex.

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Architects study of Chichester Festival Theatre

7th October 2010

An architectural study of Chichester Festival Theatre is taking place to evaluate its historical, architectural and cultural significance and consider future possibilities as its 50th anniversary approaches. The Conservation Management Study will be carried out by acclaimed architects Haworth Tompkins.

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Queen's Theatre fights threat

7th October 2010

Council bosses have vowed to stick by the borough’s only theatre in the face of a potential cut in funding. Queen’s Theatre, in Billet Lane, Hornchurch, has called for a letter writing campaign in response to fears the Arts Council, which organises 11 per cent of the theatre’s funding, will be hit by the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review.

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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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National in talks to share services with other London venues

7th October 2010

The National Theatre is in talks to share its back office functions with other London venues, in a bid to reduce costs across the subsidised theatre sector in the capital. Services including box office, legal, HR, contracting, IT support, welfare and occupational health could be provided to other London venues at low or no cost as part of the proposal.

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