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Garsington Opera plans upset Dawn French's 'Dibley' villagers

1st August 2010

It could be a scene straight out of the television sitcom itself as battling locals in Dawn French’s “Vicar of Dibley village” lock horns with one of the Gettys. Villagers in Turville, the setting for Dawn French’s hit sitcom, are fighting the wealthy landowner’s plans to build an opera theatre on their doorstep.

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Funding for new Jersey Opera House performance space

31st July 2010

Jersey Opera House interior Culture Minister James Reed said the improvements would help protect the building’s future. Jersey Opera House is to be given States funding for a new performance and rehearsal studio.

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Torbay mayor includes Princess Theatre in harbour future

30th July 2010

Developers have been given a ‘vote of confidence’ by Torbay’s mayor Nick Bye to push forward with plans to transform Torquay’s ailing waterfront. At a council cabinet meeting he agreed to support investigations on new leases at Princess Theatre, gardens, parade, Marina car park and the Pavilion, all along Torquay harbourside.

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Green light for Alsop’s Puddle Duck City hotel means demolition for Mermaid Theatre

30th July 2010

Alsop Sparch has won planning permission for a £250 million Will Alsop designed seven-storey hotel at Puddle Dock in the City of London The 30,000sq m scheme involves demolishing the existing 1970s Mermaid House and Mermaid Theatre.

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Barry Theatre Royal site may become a care facility

30th July 2010

The dreams of the Save Our Cinema Association (SOCA) have been shattered by the news that Hafod Care plans to develop the Theatre Royal site into 42 flats and communal facilities for older people. Just weeks ago, SOCA was planning to hold a public meeting to appeal to the Barry public to help in a £400,000 – £600,000 appeal to buy the site and restore the cinemas.

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Blog: The arch and its nemesis

29th July 2010

The proscenium arch can be a great theatrical tool but we learn much more from playing around its boundaries blogs James Yarker for The Guardian.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – James Yarker


Arts funding: a time to cull?

29th July 2010

Painful cuts for the arts are an inevitability. Alistair Smith explains why the sector needs to be prepared for them and why it must avoid a repeat of 2008’s angry protests at the Young Vic

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Warning over Scarborough Futurist theatre end

29th July 2010

The man behind Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre has warned closure of the historic seaside venue would cast a black mark on the town’s tourist industry. Barrie Stead, who has spearheaded the destiny of the threatened theatre during recent years, said the building was an essential component of Scarborough’s cultural sector and intrinsic to boosting the local economy.

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Friends aim to take over Theatr Gwaun in Fishguard

29th July 2010

Volunteers are hoping to take on the running of a cinema and theatre in Fishguard to keep it open. Pembrokeshire council, which subsidises Theatr Gwaun, says attendances are so low, some in single figures, it may close by the end of the year. Users have put together a business plan in the hope the authority will transfer ownership to them.

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Islington's former Carlton theatre refit fight rages on

29th July 2010

The multi-million pound renovation of the borough’s famous former bingo hall will come before a planning committee tonight – but the battle between the applicants and the council is far from over.

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