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Blog: East End meets West End: why we should put community at the heart of theatre

5th July 2010

There’s an interesting debate gathering steam within theatre at the moment. The prospect of sweeping cuts to public investment in the arts seems to have prompted, if not exactly an identity crisis, then certainly a bit of soul-searching. blogs Fin Kennedy for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Fin Kennedy


Celebrities in appeal to save Henley's Kenton Theatre

5th July 2010

Celebrities have appealed to the people of Henley to help safeguard the future of the historic Kenton Theatre. In an open letter to the Standard this week, stars including Richard Curtis, Emma Freud, Simon Williams, Vince Hill, Paul Daniels, Debbie McGee and Anne Diamond appeal for more donations to help the trustees raise the money needed to secure the freehold of the New Street venue.

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Opinion: Everything to play for at Carlisle Sands

3rd July 2010

Almost accidentally, as the popular campaign for a new theatre in Carlisle has gathered momentum, one to downplay the importance of the Sands Centre has run alongside. That has been a shame which has done the Sands no favours; one that has given little credit to a venue which has been – and remains – a valuable asset to the city.

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It could be curtains for owner's car park plans on former theatre site

3rd July 2010

Plans to demolish part of the former Hippodrome theatre and build a multi-storey car park on the land have been recommended for refusal. Officers at Derby City Council say Christopher Anthony, who owns the Grade II-listed building, has not done enough to look at alternative uses.

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Topping out ceremony for Guildford entertainment venue

2nd July 2010

Work on the Civic site in Guildford, designed by architects Austin-Smith: Lord, is on schedule, with the opening set for autumn 2011. The topping out event marks the ceremonial placing of the top brick on the highest point of the building. The £26m venue will provide a 1,700-capacity auditorium, a 150-capacity studio theatre and conference rooms.

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Creative Scotland launched

2nd July 2010

New cultural agency Creative Scotland – which merges Scottish Screen and the Scottish Arts Council – was officially launched today.

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Time to say goodbye to Civic and welcome new chapter in Aylesbury's history

2nd July 2010

The closure of Aylesbury Civic Centre has brought about countless memories for people. Those memories include their best gig, the funniest pantomime or first dance. But now, like the building, they will become distant memories and fading photographs that belong in the past.

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Bristol Theatre Royal's secrets revealed

2nd July 2010

Remarkably, for a venue with the historical significance of the Theatre Royal in Bristol, there is no photographic or drawn evidence of what the interior of King Street’s Georgian masterpiece looked like before 1900. It’s almost as if the house lights of posterity remained dimmed until the turn of the last century.

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Cheltenham Everyman project can go ahead after £500K Lottery windfall

30th June 2010

Staff are celebrating a £500,000 grant towards the revamp of the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre. The Lottery money means the curtains could finally go up on the scheme, which is now just £250,000 short of its £3 million target. But work cannot begin until the extra cash is found and theatre bosses say they need the people of Cheltenham to help the project overcome its final hurdle.

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Opinion: Shakespeare Central - the new RSC theatre at Stratford on Avon

30th June 2010

There are two sides to Stratford on Avon. Both concern Shakespeare. They haven’t had too much to do with each other over the years, despite being cheek by jowl in a small, pretty Warwickshire town. Tourists are one thing, theatre-goers are another and there’s not as much overlap as you might imagine. This, however, is about to change. The Royal Shakespeare Company is opening up its previously hermetic main theatre to embrace the tourist hordes.

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