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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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Railway Children locomotive and carriage arrive at Waterloo International's temporary theatre

3rd June 2010

Bernard Cribbins was at Waterloo International on Thursday to hand over his porter’s cap to Marshall Lancaster who will play Mr Perks in this summer’s production of The Railway Children. This summer a 1,000-seat auditorium will be constructed above platforms 23 and 24 of the disused Eurostar terminal at Waterloo. Mike Kenny’s adaptation of The Railway Children opens on 4 July and is booking until 4 September.

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Work to start on Nelson High Street revamp including Palace Theatre demolition

3rd June 2010

Work on the £2.3m. project to revitalise the heart of Nelson will begin on Monday – and it was given an official groundbreaking launch this week. The scheme will take 12 months and will bring traffic back through the centre, although under careful control to keep speeds down .Another key change to the centre will start any time now. The huge Palace Theatre is to be knocked down and this week the site was scaffolded to make way for its demolition

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Neil Constable appointed chief exec at Globe

2nd June 2010

Shakespeare’s Globe has appointed Neil Constable to be its new chief executive. Constable, who has been the Almeida Theatre’s executive director for more than seven years, will take over from Peter Kyle.

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Public will be consulted on Maltings Arts Theatre plans

2nd June 2010

The public will be consulted on the new plans for the Maltings Arts Theatre ahead of any firm proposals being made. A lack of public voice in the decision-making for the once-thriving arts base in the city centre was one point highlighted by councillors at a meeting last week. The scrutiny committee recognised that involving service users and the public once a business plan is drawn up is too late.

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Council declares Crawley Hawth not for sale

1st June 2010

Crawley Borough Council has firmly declared The Hawth not for sale – but the possibility of running the theatre in partnership with a private company has not been ruled out. The council insists that bringing in private firms to help run certain services has proved successful in the past and will be again in the future.

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Fight to stop the final curtain at Wallsend town theatre

31st May 2010

Theatre lovers are fighting to save a 100-year-old building from demolition. North Tyneside Council has decided to flatten the old Borough Theatre, in High Street East, Wallsend, for a housing development. It says the structure, which has been empty for years, is an eyesore.

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Tara Studio in Earlsfield goes green

29th May 2010

South London’s theatregoers will soon have one of the country’s most environmentally-friendly venues to see shows. Earlsfield’s Tara Studio is one of 12 London theatres to start working with Ecovenue, a new scheme to make theatres kinder on the environment by using less energy, water and waste.

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Plans for new £1.4m arts centre in North Hykeham

28th May 2010

A new £1.4m arts facility is to be built in Lincolnshire. The Expressive Arts Centre will be built in the grounds of North Kesteven School, a specialist school in performing arts, at North Hykeham. The centre, due to open in September 2011, would include a 60-seat lecture theatre, dance studio, media suite and outdoor performance area.

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