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National Theatre granted permission for £70 million redevelopment

30th September 2010

Lambeth Council has awarded planning permission to the National Theatre for a major overhaul of its South Bank home. Consent for the £70 million scheme, which has been designed by Haworth Tomkins, was given at a council planning meeting yesterday evening.

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Work to stabilise derelict Derby Hippodrome starts

30th September 2010

Work aimed at stabilising Derby’s derelict Hippodrome theatre is to start. The Grade II listed building, which has been unused for years, was badly damaged during repair work in 2008. The city council said roof and masonry repairs will cost about £43,000 and will mean nearby Macklin Street will be reopened to traffic.

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Poignant view seen by three generations - Keighley Hippodrome

30th September 2010

Mr Keith Sutcliffe, now of East Acton, London, has sent this photograph he took in July of 1961, showing the Keighley Hippodrome or New Queens Theatre in process of demolition.

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Duo aim to breathe new life into Bridport Lyric Theatre

30th September 2010

The Bridport Lyric Theatre could soon be putting on shows again. The long-derelict building in Barrack Street has been sold for an undisclosed sum to a local drama group. Niki Cretton and Marc Parrett – co-directors of Stuff and Nonsense – hope to restore it to its former glory with the help of volunteers. They plan to create an artists-led space where people can make and present their work.

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Derby Hippodrome work to start as council battles for money

29th September 2010

Maintenance work on the Derby Hippodrome will starton Monday. The work to the roof and masonry is expected to last five weeks and will be carried out in three phases. It will include removing loose debris, repairing and strapping masonry and installing aluminium flashings to the roof ridge.

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Permanent staff cuts as Greenwich Theatre looks to stabilise its finances

28th September 2010

Greenwich Theatre has been forced to cut its permanent staff by a quarter in order to stabilise the company’s finances. The number of permanent staff working at the venue has been cut from eight to six, and a number of other changes have been made to the casual staff and fixed term contracts in operation, including reductions in hours.

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New community theatre opens in High Peak in Derbyshire

27th September 2010

The new £2.5m Pavilion theatre has opened in Buxton in Derbyshire’s High Peak district next to the town’s opera house. The theatre has a 462-seat main stage and a smaller 93-seat studio theatre.

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London’s Arts Theatre to face another overhaul

27th September 2010

The owner of London’s Arts Theatre has served notice on the current tenant to leave before the end of the year, utilising a break clause in the contract which was not due to expire until late 2011. The tenant of the off-West End venue, Brasrat Ltd, must leave the premises by December 13 and claims that future productions booked at the theatre beyond this date, including the Christmas show Puss in Boots, now hang in the balance.

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King's Theatre restoration campaign gathers pace

25th September 2010

In its heyday at the beginning of the 20th century the King’s Theatre in Dundee played host to superstars such as Harry Lauder, music hall queen Marie Lloyd and Dundee-born entertainer Will Fyffe. The impressive red sandstone building located in the city’s Cowgate now operates as a nightclub and has been described by UK advisory body the Theatres Trust as a “handsome” structure that “could have become a great asset to the City of Dundee.”

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UK theatre helped boost economy by £2.8 billion

24th September 2010

Tourists who visited the theatre last year helped boost the UK’s economy by £2.8 billion, Visit Britain has said. The national tourism agency said that 10% of the 30 million overseas tourists who came to the UK in 2009, went to see a stage show. Visit Britain’s Sandie Dawe said: ”’This report shows that British theatre is making a massive contribution to Britain’s economy.”

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