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Plans to reopen Coventry's Butts Theatre with Community Theatre Trust

20th July 2010

Plans to get the ball rolling for the reopening of a Coventry community theatre have been approved. At a meeting last week, the council’s culture, leisure, sports and libraries committee agreed to set up a Community Theatre Trust to safeguard the future of The Butts Theatre.

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Blog: What's so wrong with proscenium arch theatre?

19th July 2010

We’re told that modern audiences are after interactivity and intimacy – but are traditional theatres really so bad? blogs Dan Relellato for The Guardian.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Dan Rebellato


Letters: Help protect the future of the Scarborough Futurist

19th July 2010

The Futurist Theatre, Scarborough, is currently under threat of demolition from the council which own the theatre. More than 5,000 residents have signed a petition to keep the theatre which is the fifth largest in seating capacity outside London.

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Old Welsh theatres on at-risk register

19th July 2010

Five old theatres in Wales have been placed on the at-risk register by a theatres preservation group. The Theatres Trust has included the buildings, three of which have heritage status, in its annual Theatre Buildings at Risk. The trust said the recession had put more theatres under threat of demolition or stalled renovation plans.

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Louise Jeffreys steps up to become Barbican director of programming

19th July 2010

Louise Jeffreys has been appointed to the newly-created role of director of programming at London’s Barbican Centre.

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York Theatre Royal expansion plan is scrutinised

19th July 2010

Councillors are to take a closer look at plans to expand York’s Theatre Royal. The plans seek permission for the theatre to expand into the De Grey Rooms, in St Leonard’s Place. The application states the new space would be used for a theatre workshop, rehearsal space, costume making, hire and storage spaces.

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Corby's Cube delivers a wow factor

19th July 2010

The finishing touches to Corby’s state-of-the- art cube are being made ahead of its grand opening in November. The roof garden has been planted with trees, and the intimate underground theatre just needs seats before opening its doors to the public.

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Blog: Are we heading for a drought in prestige architecture?

19th July 2010

The man who designed the Royal Shakespeare Theatre fears the UK is sailing into the architectural doldrums, but is this such a bad thing? blogs Vanessa Thorpe for The Guardian.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Vanessa Thorpe


Work on Teesside's Billingham Forum, gathers pace

18th July 2010

The multi-million pound revamp of a theatre and leisure complex is back on track after a number of setbacks.The worst winter for 30 years and asbestos clearance work put back the regeneration work of Billingham Forum in Stockton by four months. But now the overhaul of the 40-year-old building is back on track and the complex will reopen in 2011.

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London Hippodrome to become 24-hour casino after Simon Thomas' £30m refit

18th July 2010

When Simon Thomas reopens the London Hippodrome next year, more than a century after its first performance, he will have a tough act to follow. When the curtain first went up in January 1900 audiences in the capital were treated to a show that combined a stage show, circus and water spectacle.

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