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Cambridge Arts Theatre plans £5m expansion as sales soar

19th August 2010

Cambridge Arts Theatre is beating the recession – and forging ahead with plans for a big £5 million expansion. A year ago the theatre was facing tough times, and closed its restaurant, making six workers redundant. But chief executive Dave Murphy says ticket sales in the past year are up on the year before, and that the development scheme, first mooted in 2008, is going ahead and will be “bigger and better” than originally planned.

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Could Lottery and Arts Council cash save the Bedford Civic?

19th August 2010

Bedford Civic Theatre could scoop Lottery and Arts Council cash for its refurbishment – but only if it remains as a theatre, it was claimed this week. Earlier this year the Council unveiled plans to scrap using the venue as a theatre and turn it into a one-stop-shop for council services. At the time council bosses claimed that the scheme would save money for taxpayers.

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Leek arts centre plan "gets £8m" from mystery investors

19th August 2010

Eight million pounds is available now to build an arts centre in the Staffordshire Moorlands town of Leek – a community trust claims. The Parkside Community Trust says it has been in talks with a group of five internationally known businesspeople who have committed to the scheme. The group of five wish to remain anonymous. The centre will be based in Leek’s Foxlowe building and hold a cinema, theatre, museum, and gallery space.

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Cumbernauld Theatre secures lottery 'win'

18th August 2010

Cumbernauld Theatre has reason to celebrate as an application for Lottery funds has been successful. The Theatre will receive £190,000 over three years from new organisation Creative Scotland, which distributes a share of National Lottery funds to support various creative or artistic endeavours around the country.

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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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