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Designing a theatre by Jez Bond

12th June 2010

Designing and building a theatre within an existing structure – in this case an old office block – is not without its difficulties. Certainly it requires a great deal of planning, a phenomenal amount of adaptability and more than a spoonful of experience. Art is about pushing the boundaries, but in order to achieve the construction of this magical space where live art occurs, there are some rules which cannot be broken. At The Park Theatre, however, we are doing things a little differently writes Jez Bond, its Artistic Director.

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UK’s first recycled theatre to be built in Southwark

11th June 2010

Southwark is to host the UK’s first fully-functioning theatre made entirely from recycled and reclaimed materials. The Jellyfish Theatre will be created by Berlin-based architects Köbberling and Kaltwasser and will be made from recycled theatre sets – usually scrapped after a run – kitchen units donated by the public and any unwanted items the team can salvage from building sites.

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Focus on Regional Theatre: Bristol

11th June 2010

Tom Morris, the new artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic, chats to Dominic Cavendish of The Telegraph about his plans for the theatre.

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£1.5million needed to revamp Matlock Baths Pavilion

10th June 2010

Campaigners hoping to transform Matlock Bath’s Pavilion in to a theatre and exhibition centre have revealed their plans will cost around £1.5million. Most of the Ballroom, wing rooms and stage area will remain unchanged and the plans will include disabled access, a goods lift, storage space for chairs and toilets will be upgraded.

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New Trust to relaunch Monmouth Savoy

10th June 2010

The market town of Monmouth, on the England/Wales border houses a theatrical gem – a beautiful working theatre that stands on the oldest theatre site in Wales. It spent most of the 20th century as a cinema, but had extensive refurbishment in 2005. Now after a sticky financial period, local volunteers have come together to form the new Monmouth Savoy Trust and re-launch the space into a venue for films and live entertainment.

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London Palladium to be celebrated in Radio 2 documentary

9th June 2010

BBC Radio 2 is to celebrate the history of the London Palladium in a two-part documentary. The London Palladium Story will be hosted by former ITV executive chairman Michael Grade, and the programme will chart the theatre’s history, looking at performers who have appeared there – including Ella Fitzgerald – and the Sunday Night at the Palladium Show.

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Crewe's Lyceum Theatre under threat

9th June 2010

Crewe’s Lyceum Theatre is not to close, say council bosses. The comments follow news that Cheshire East Council is to employ consultants, at a cost of more than £10,000 to the taxpayer, to look into the theatre’s future. At the moment the historic venue survives on a £250,000 subsidy from the council each year.

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Council defers decision on demolition of Workington Opera House

9th June 2010

Workington’s redundant Opera House has been given a further stay of execution while councillors wait to see if it can be saved from demolition. Graves (Cumberland) Ltd, which owns the building, wants to knock down the Coopers Walk building and three adjoining shops to build apartments and new retail units but 780 people have joined a Facebook campaign calling for it to be saved.

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Talks held over Scarborough Futurist

9th June 2010

Talks have taken place over the future of a 90-year-old theatre in Scarborough. The Futurist theatre, on the resort’s seafront, was built in 1921 and still stages concerts, shows and films. But the building is in need of repair and the borough council has set up a task group to discuss its future. Council officers have held talks with commercial property and theatre industry consultants.

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Arcola pioneers outdoor eco-lighting system

8th June 2010

Arcola Energy, an offshoot of the Arcola Theatre, and White Light, which supplies lighting equipment and services to the entertainment industry, have launched HyLight. The new system will allow events organisers to use lighting in locations that are away from the electrical grid without the noise or volume of emissions created by traditional diesel generators.

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