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Cresset theatre closure: A dark day for arts and culture in Peterborough

23rd April 2010

Two of Peterborough’s big three theatres will have closed by June – what does the future hold for the city’s entertainment circuit? Many a heart would have sunk with this week’s revelation that The Cresset theatre will close in June. Especially as it’s only been 16 months since a devastating fire tore through the Broadway theatre forcing it to suffer the same fate.

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ATG rated as one of the UK’s fastest-growing businesses

23rd April 2010

A number of theatre, media and leisure companies have been included in the latest Sunday Times survey of the UK’s fastest-growing businesses in 2009. Following its £90 million purchase of Live Nation’s 16-venue UK portfolio last November, the Ambassador Theatre Group has featured in the PriceWaterhouseCoopers-backed Ones to Recognise list, an accolade awarded to just 10 companies that “have had, or predict, steady profit growth”.

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Hamilton Architects refurbished Belfast Crescent Arts Centre opens

22nd April 2010

One of Belfast’s most impressive listed buildings has reopened following an 18- month refurbishment. The £7 million scheme, designed by Hamilton Architects, saw the 130-year-old Crescent Arts Centre transformed from a state of disrepair into a rehearsal, performance, exhibition and arts education space.

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Chester fire crews called to blaze at the old Gateway Theatre building

22nd April 2010

Girefighters have been tackling a small blaze at the old Gateway Theatre building in Chester. Crews discovered a security door had been set alight when they arrived at the scene between 1-1.30pm today (Thursday, April 22).

Source: Chester Chronicle


Former Gateway Theatre building in Chester still in Tip Top condition

22nd April 2010

The old Chester Gateway Theatre has now been home to Tip Top Productions for three years. Rebranded as The Forum Studio Theatre, during that time they have opened the doors to more than 50 productions, some amateur and some professional. Using the studio theatre, the group has been working on some impressive improvements to the interior of the building.

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Birmingham’s Mac is back after two-year revamp

22nd April 2010

The refurbished Midland Arts Centre (Mac) in Birmingham will open its doors at the beginning of May after a two-year renovation period. The Mac first opened back in 1962 but was shut in April 2008 after falling into a state of disrepair, with limited access requiring it be brought up to modern standards.

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Buchanan’s End of the Pier Productions takes over management of London’s Arts Theatre

22nd April 2010

Central London’s Arts Theatre has undergone a change of management and a restructuring, after Bronia Buchanan’s End of the Pier Productions was brought in to take over programming at the struggling venue. The 350-seat theatre, best known for having hosted the London premiere of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, is currently leased by Kingdom Entertainment Group and Wimpole Theatre.

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Mayoral candidate’s producing house plans for Hackney Empire branded ‘naive’

20th April 2010

A candidate running to become the Mayor of Hackney in next month’s local elections has said he would turn Hackney Empire into a producing venue if he was voted in. Conservative mayoral candidate Andrew Boff said he would give the historic London venue “a new direction by turning it into a producing theatre” and making it a “centre of excellence” for variety theatre.

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Focus on Regional Theatre: Northampton

20th April 2010

Laurie Sansom talks about his role as the artistic director of the Royal & Derngate, Northampton. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. And if that fails, wait until you take over the running of a regional theatre – then Bob’s your uncle.

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Newcastle’s Theatre Royal to receive £4.8m renovation loan

20th April 2010

Newcastle City Council is expected to sign off on a £4.8 million loan to the city’s Theatre Royal. The funds are part of the council’s capital programme and will be used to restore the auditorium, which was designed by theatre architect Frank Matcham. The venue will pay off the loan over ten years.

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