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New dance centre opens in Bournemouth's Pavilion Theatre

8th September 2010

A disused space within Bournemouth’s 80-year-old Pavilion Theatre has been revamped and transformed into a multi-million pound dance centre for the South West. Bournemouth Borough Council (BBC) worked with Arts Council England (ACE) and Dance South West to develop Pavilion Dance, which opened on 4 September and boasts a 200-seat theatre and backstage facilities.

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How theatre went underground – and reached the mainstream

7th September 2010

Pop-up dance in improvised hotels, site-responsive drama in railway tunnels … Theatre has broken out of the auditorium once and for all – and traditional venues are desperate to join in. The world really can be a stage. In recent years, plays have been performed in everything from fields to freight containers, public toilets to disused department stores. Open your office stationery cupboard these days and you’re likely to find a theatre company doing site-responsive Kafka inside.

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Salmond centre stage at £9.3m Clyde harbour arts centre

7th September 2010

Work has begun on a new £9.3million arts centre on the banks of the Clyde. First Minister Alex Salmond kick started the project, to replace Greenock’s old Arts Guild with a state-of-the-art facility at Greenock waterfront. He said: “I am honoured to be cutting the first sod of such an inspiring project that will not only provide a modern facility for the people of Inverclyde, but will also help drive forward regeneration throughout the region.

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State-of-the-art buildings open after Southampton City College's £48m revamp

7th September 2010

It has cost £48m and taken eight years to plan and build, but the new face of education in Southampton finally opened its doors to students yesterday. Thousands of young people got their first taste of the state-of-the-art facilities at City College. Two new buildings created as the final £34m piece of a rebuilding jigsaw at the St Mary Street campus welcomed students through their doors.

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Swansea’s Grand Theatre considers overhaul options

7th September 2010

Swansea Council is considering overhauling the way in which the city’s Grand Theatre is run, as part of a cost-cutting drive. The local authority, which owns and runs the 19th-century building, is evaluating its management of the venue as part of an in-depth review into several of its indoor leisure facilities.

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Buxton Opera House to open new Pavilion arts venue

7th September 2010

Buxton Opera House is due to open a secondary venue later this month, following a £2.5 million redevelopment project. The Pavilion Arts Centre, which comprises a 360-seat auditorium, a studio theatre and workshop space, will programme drama, comedy and live music events and is due to open on September 24.

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Bath Theatre Royal to reopen following £3m upgrade

7th September 2010

Bath Theatre Royal will reopen on Tuesday following a £3m refurbishment to upgrade the Main House. The 205-year-old Grade II* theatre closed in July for the work which included extending and remodelling the foyer. The theatre’s disabled access was also upgraded during the work and new bars were installed. View behind the scenes of the refurbishment

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Call for public meeting to save Theatr Harlech

6th September 2010

The future of under-threat Theatr Harlech will come under the spotlight at a public meeting, promised the man in charge of changes last night. But board chairman Gerallt Hughes warned it was “too easy to react emotionally” to events after four workers at the theatre were told they would be losing their jobs , with redundancy proceedings due to begin in the next few weeks. Mr Hughes said there had been a lot of speculation about the future of the theatre, which, during the last few years, has made a profit.

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Waterside erases Aylesbury's heritage

6th September 2010

Melinda La Rosa believes plans for a supermarket at Waterside will ‘irrevocably change the tranquil character’ of the area. I have just read your editorial ‘voice of the paper’ and feel compelled to comment. While I and many residents agree that the new theatre is an architectural marvel and potentially a great asset to Aylesbury, I’m afraid the same cannot be said of the proposals for the rest of Waterside.

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St Albans City and District Council launches theatre revamp consultation

6th September 2010

Local residents in St Albans, Hertfordshire, are being invited to have their say on how the Maltings Arts Theatre can be improved as part of plans to refurbish the venue. St Albans City and District Council (SACDC) aims to overhaul the theatre and offer a range of films, live performances and events, as well as café/bar facilities and a digital lounge for training sessions and workshops.

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