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Book: New book chronicling history of Swansea theatre

10th August 2010

It was where Catherine Zeta-Jones appeared in some of her first stage performances and a young Richard Burton acted alongside future Carry On star Kenneth Williams. Now a book billed by publishers as the “first definitive history” of Swansea’s Grand Theatre is about to hit the bookshops.

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Makeover for Exeter Bike Shed theatre

10th August 2010

Exeter’s newest venue, The Bike Shed Theatre, is planning to expand. The theatre in Mary Arches Street, which opened in February, has since established itself as a venue for theatre, dance, comedy and music, hosting the first Exeter Fringe Festival in June.

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Spitfire-shaped cafe plan approved for Mitchell theatre

7th August 2010

A glass-fronted cafe built in the shape of a Spitfire wing is to be added to a Staffordshire theatre. Hanley’s Mitchell Memorial Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, named after the WWII plane’s designer, has undergone a multi-million pound renovation.

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Notes reveal dramatic times at Plymouth Palace Theatre

7th August 2010

From The Herald: Thanks to Rita Rogerson for passing on various bits and pieces assembled by her late husband Roger. It’s almost 30 years now since Roger was working up plans for a history of the Palace Theatre. He wrote to dozens of people in the process, people who had appeared there, people involved with the firms that had helped in the construction of the distinctive pile more than 80 years earlier…

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Gary Iles to retire from Swansea Grand after 20 years

6th August 2010

Swansea Grand Theatre’s long-serving general manager Gary Iles has announced that he will be taking early retirement this month. Iles has run the south Wales venue since 1989, following periods working in Northampton, Cardiff, Southampton, Bridgend and Porthcawl.

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Vaughn Curtis leaves Georgian Theatre Royal

6th August 2010

Vaughn Curtis has left his position as chief executive of The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, the UK’s oldest working theatre.

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Council drag heels over re-opening of Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre

6th August 2010

South Ayrshire Council has refused to confirm when – or even if – it will hand over the keys to the Gaiety Theatre. And the rescue group wanting to save the building is still locked out – 10 months after clinching the deal to refurbish and run it.

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Liverpool Neptune to open its doors again

5th August 2010

Liverpool’s Neptune Theatre is to re-open five years after it closed. The theatre is to be refurbished to the tune of £700,000 and the council is looking for an operator to manage the venue from next summer.

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Arts funding inquiry will not report until after spending review

5th August 2010

House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Chair John Whittingdale has warned that its inquiry into arts funding will not be complete until after the government’s comprehensive spending review, which will set the main culture budget for the next four years.

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Transformation to preserve past and revitalise future of the Theatre Royal Bath

4th August 2010

The Theatre Royal Bath’s Main House is undergoing its first major refurbishment in nearly 30 years. Over two months it will be transformed before re-opening on September 7 with a production of The Rivals starring Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles, directed by Peter Hall. Productions are continuing to be staged at Theatre Royal’s Ustinov and egg theatres.

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