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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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Branagh backs last push for Belfast Lyric Theatre build

4th June 2010

Belfast’s Lyric Theatre has received backing from actor Kenneth Branagh as it nears a crucial fundraising deadline. Last year, US-based Kresge Foundation said it would donate £500,000 to the Lyric’s rebuild if the theatre raised £800,000 by 30 June 2010. With just four weeks to go, the theatre still has £150,000 left to raise.

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York Theatre Royal aiming to expand into the De Grey Rooms

3rd June 2010

Plans have been drawn up for more of York Theatre Royal’s operation to be housed within the De Grey Rooms, next to the venue in St Leonard’s Place, after tourism body Visit York made a switch to new premises. If approved by City of York Council planners, the scheme would see youth theatre workshops being staged on the ground floor of the historic building and in its ballrooms, while a costume-making section together with facilities for hiring and storing outfits would also be included.

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Open air theatre will bring £1m boost to Chester economy

3rd June 2010

Plans for the 350-seat open air theatre in Chester have been revealed. The new theatre at Grosvenor Park will boost the city’s economy by at least £1m, according to Cheshire West and Chester Council, which has invested £100,000 in the project. The council said it sees the theatre as the first stage towards the authority’s goal of seeing Chester created City of Culture in 2017.

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