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Low-ceilinged London theatre labelled a ‘waste of space’

18th August 2010

A new theatre venue planned for south-east London has been labelled a “waste of space” by a local councillor who says it is too small to be viable. Lambeth councillor Jeremy Clyne described the theatre as a “joke” and claimed the performance venue included in plans for a major housing and shopping development in his ward Streatham Hill is “unusable” because of its size.

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Doubts raised over Scarborough Futurist’s future

17th August 2010

The future of one of Britain’s largest regional theatres is in jeopardy as its local council investigates the long-term options for the site. Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre, which has a 2,150-seat capacity, is the subject of an appraisal by a Scarborough Borough Council task group that has been charged with identifying a strategy for the development of the theatre site.

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Boast to leave ATG after eight years with the company

17th August 2010

Julien Boast, chief executive of the Theatre Royal Brighton and Churchill Theatre Bromley, is to leave the Ambassador Theatre Group at the end of this month.

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Armoury Group clears the way for new library next to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre

17th August 2010

The Big City Plan will see a £193 million (US$300 million) new high specification Library of Birmingham constructed by main contractor Carillion in Centenary Square in Birmingham, UK, that will integrate new library facilities with the nearby Repertory Theatre.

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Campaign aims to save Moray landmark The Red Shoes Theatre

16th August 2010

Moray actors and musicians have launched an online campaign in an attempt to save an Elgin theatre, famous for hosting an early Beatles gig. The Red Shoes Theatre closed last month. It is understood the closure was due to financial troubles. The theatre, in South College Street, has been described as “something Elgin needed”. Now a campaign on social networking site Facebook has been launched. The page, which has about 150 members, says: “We need to do something about this.

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The Wellingborough Castle Theatre foyer and bar get a facelift

13th August 2010

The bar and foyer at The Castle theatre in Wellingborough is being refurbished thanks to cash raised by the theatre’s Friends group. The theatre’s bar and food service will be closed until Thursday next week while the work is carried out. During this time the box office will remain open so people can still come in to buy tickets for shows and the bar will re-open for business at 10am next Friday.

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Fight goes on for the Theatre Royal in Barry

13th August 2010

Campaigners have been urged to continue their fight for a cinema in Barry, despite losing their battle to re-open the town’s historic Theatre Royal. The Theatre Royal cinema, which was the only one in the Vale of Glamorgan, closed two years ago and was recently put on an “At Risk” register by the Theatres Trust.

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Bid for new Finsbury Park theatre in London

12th August 2010

The Finsbury Park area could receive a cultural boost if plans for a new theatre get the go-ahead from Islington Council. Artistic director Jez Bond has been searching for more than four years for the perfect venue to open the Park Theatre. And having discovered a disused office building in Clifton Terrace – a stone’s throw from busy Finsbury Park station – he submitted a planning application to Islington Council last week to open the venue.

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A good economist knows the true value of the arts

11th August 2010

Activities that are good in themselves are good for the economy, and activities that are bad in themselves are bad for the economy. The only intelligible meaning of “benefit to the economy” is the contribution – direct or indirect – the activity makes to the welfare of ordinary citizens.

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Stoke-'s Mitchell Memorial Theatre revamp project given extra extension

11th August 2010

A theatre currently undergoing a £4m revamp is to be given an extra boost with a new extension and balcony. Council chiefs in Stoke-on-Trent voted to add on the glass-fronted extension and balcony to the existing plans for a café at the Mitchell Memorial Youth Arts Theatre after a budget under spend.

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