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Knitting away at the Hall for Cornwall

2nd September 2010

A Cornish theatre is hoping to knit its way into the record books. The Hall for Cornwall’s army of knitters are creating a monster scarf, in a world record attempt. It’s all part of the run-up to the Christmas panto ‘Sleeping Beauty’. The unusual venture follows on from last year’s ‘Jack’s Cows’ promotion. People throughout Cornwall are taking place in the record attempt.

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Anger over cash for Scarborough Futurist consultants

1st September 2010

Consultants drafted in to mastermind the destiny of Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre were paid almost £20,000, figures have revealed. The costs were outlined under a Freedom of Information Act request which showed the council spent £8,450 and £7,800 on two separate draft reports from theatre experts and architects.

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Aylesbury Waterside Theatre is a step up from Civic

1st September 2010

There is just over a month until the Waterside Theatre opens in Aylesbury and there is a real sense of excitement building up in the town. The theatre may have cost more than was originally proposed, but as far as the building itself goes, it is difficult to criticise the vision of Aylesbury Vale District Council – or indeed architect Norman Bragg.

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Curtain to go up on new Camden pub theatre

1st September 2010

The Lord Stanley will become the latest addition to Camden’s pub theatre scene when it shows its first play later this month. Until now, the pub in Camden Park Road, Camden Town, has been better known for its gastro-style food, but that is set to change after Camden Council gave the venue the green light to stage plays in a room upstairs.

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Amateurs to get first taste of £113m Royal Shakespeare Theatre

1st September 2010

Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Michael Boyd has revealed the reopening programme for the company’s transformed £112.8 million Stratford-upon-Avon home, with an increased focus on amateur theatre. Boyd described the new venue, which features a re-imagined 1,000-seat main auditorium with a thrust stage and a revamped Swan Theatre, as a “miraculous marriage of the ambitious, the large scale, the epic and the intimate”.

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Kenton Theatre’s future secured with purchase of freehold

31st August 2010

The Trustees of the Kenton Theatre in Henley have finally bought the building following a campaign to raise £350,000. The purchase of the freehold took place six months after the trustees of the Henley Municipal Charities agreed to sell their share in it. The occasion was marked with a small celebration involving both parties at the New Street theatre.

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Canterbury's Marlowe almost ready to be revealed

31st August 2010

Scaffolding should start coming off the new Marlowe Theatre within the next two months as the eye-catching building is finally revealed. Passers-by can now see the gleaming cladding at the top of the building and the sign which shows the theatre’s name.

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Tunbridge Wells theatre could make way for shops

31st August 2010

A Kent theatre used for large touring productions, concerts and pantomimes could be closed to make way for shops under a council redevelopment plan. The town centre site occupied by Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall, along with the town hall, library and museum, is under review by the borough council.

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Plymouth Athenaeum closure hits pantomime plans

30th August 2010

A dance school for children has said it may not stage its annual pantomime if it cannot use the Athenaeum theatre, which has been closed for more than a year. Dell School of Dance, based at the Elm centre in Estover, has been running a January pantomime at the venue for 29 years.

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Theatr Harlech staff to lose jobs by December

28th August 2010

Staff at a leading Gwynedd theatre are to lose their jobs. Four staff at Theatr Harlech have been told that redundancy proceedings will begin in the next few weeks. The theatre has announced plans to take productions to the wider community of south Gwynedd, rather than using the theatre building.

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