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theatreVOICE interview: Nineteenth-century theatre specia

7th June 2010

Nineteenth-century theatre special: Heather Neill talks to Judith Bottomley, local studies librarian at the Westminster City Archive, and Robert Tanitch, author of The London Stage in the Nineteenth Century (Carnegie), about the dramatic arts of the Regency and Victorian eras.

Source: theatreVOICE


Council to spend £10k on consultants to review future of Crewe Lyceum

7th June 2010

More than £10,000 of council money is to be spent paying for consultants to look into the future of an under-threat theatre. Crewe’s historic Lyceum Theatre is facing an uncertain future after Cheshire East Council revealed it is considering withdrawing its annual £250,000 subsidy.

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New book: Theatre Buildings - a design guide

7th June 2010

The book takes the reader through the whole process of planning and designing a theatre. It looks in detail at each area of the building: front of house, auditorium, backstage, and administrative offices. It gives specific guidance on sightlines, acoustics, stage engineering, lighting, sound and video, auditorium and stage formats. Aspects such as catering, conference and education use are also covered.

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Theatre goes underground

7th June 2010

Tunnels, car parks, scout huts and caravans… theatre is turning up in some unusual places. Last month, Beth Steel’s Ditch became the first straight play to be staged in a labyrinth of disused tunnels under London’s Waterloo Station. Artistic director Sam Hodges gives a guided tour to the Old Vic Tunnels which are the stage for a play called Ditch.

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Blog: Theatres reaching beyond their own walls….

7th June 2010

All that’s needed to make theatre, it’s sometimes said, is “two planks and a passion”. To which Paul Taylor once wittily said, in describing a Robert Lepage production, that you might want to add in “a million computer projections, an infra-red surveillance camera, an environnement sonore, a harness, somersaulting scenery, an optional mud bath and a passion”.

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The site of the former Little Theatre on the hills of St Peter Port Guernsey is up for sale

7th June 2010

In June 2010 the site of the Little Theatre on the hill below Clifton, in St Peter Port, went up for sale. Most famous as home to plays, pantomimes and other performances the large building started life as a school associated with the Town Church. After that it became known as the Central Hall and had many different uses before becoming the Little Theatre after the Occupation.

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Save the Cresset Theatre group formed

6th June 2010

Following the devastating news that The Cresset Theatre will be closing on Saturday 26 June 2010, a group has been formed to try and prevent this from happening for the good of the City and Greater Peterborough. Save The Cresset Theatre consists of 6 individuals who have come together with the same aim – to keep quality and professional live entertainment in the city of Peterborough, and ensure that Peterborough remains on the cultural map of the UK.

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Northcott Theatre rescue deal is signed and sealed

5th June 2010

A deal that secures the immediate future of the Exeter Northcott Theatre has been completed. A new company set up by the University of Exeter had agreed to take over running the arts venue and joint administrators Ian Walker and Gilbert Lemon, of Begbies Traynor, have now confirmed the sale of their interests in the Northcott to the Exeter Northcott Theatre Company, a company controlled by the university.

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Should Taunton's bingo hall be turned back into a theatre? Plans are to attract Madonna

4th June 2010

Plans have been put forward to the local council to turn the current Mecca hall into a venue which would “attract top stars such as Madonna”. Campaigner Jim Laflin from Project Gaumont said he has had interest from the National Ballet and that Lloyd Webber’s musicals could perform there.

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Live screening 'good for theatre'

4th June 2010

A report on innovation in the arts has come up with the surprising finding that cinema audiences watching a live screening of a National Theatre play were more “emotionally engaged” than those watching it in the theatre. The “intriguing” finding comes from research within two of the UK’s leading cultural bodies – the National Theatre (NT) and the Tate.

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