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Bangor arts centre plan unveiled

26th May 2010

Plans for a new £35m arts and innovation centre at Bangor, Gwynedd have been unveiled. The PONTIO project will include a theatre to seat 450-550, cinema space, studio theatre, outdoor amphitheatre and bars, dining and park areas in a ‘family friendly’ environment. The building could open in 2012, with 450 jobs created or safeguarded.

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Critical questions over Exeter Northcott

26th May 2010

So a new company is to be set up by the University of Exeter to run the Exeter Northcott theatre, but how independent of the university will this company be? Let’s look at some facts and ask a few questions. The theatre was built by public subscription and generous gifts – especially from GV Northcott. Yes, the land belongs to the university, but now we are told that: ‘The university owns the building’.

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In Detail: Haworth Tompkins submits Liverpool Everyman Theatre plans

26th May 2010

Haworth Tompkins’ competition-winning scheme for a new £28 million theatre in Liverpool has been submitted for planning this week. The proposals for a 400-seat auditorium, plus community and rehearsal space, office space and a café, bar and bistro, will replace the city’s Everyman Theatre.

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Hackney Empire responds to calls for community involvement

26th May 2010

Hackney Empire bosses have responded to calls from veteran theatre campaigners for local people to be involved in the theatre’s long awaited recovery. The Hackney Empire Elders want the Empire’s board of directors to appoint a lay member – a Hackney resident with no expert knowledge – to represent the needs of supporters.

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Cornwall’s Acorn Arts Centre to close

25th May 2010

Cornwall’s Acorn Arts Centre has become the latest venue in the south west to announce its closure and will shut in August. The decision has raised concerns that it will leave only one year-round professional theatre venue in the county.

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Theatre Royal Brighton named most welcoming theatre

25th May 2010

Theatre Royal Brighton (TRB) has been named Most Welcoming Theatre at the Theatrical Management Association’s Theatre and Management Awards.

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Talk: Nineteenth Century Theatreland

25th May 2010

Discover the impact of The Theatres Act, the rise of the Music Hall, developments in gas and electric lighting, and the ingenuity of theatre architects. An illustrated talk by The Theatres Trust to support Westminster Archive’s ‘West End Theatre in the 19th Century’ exhibition (26 May – 27 June) at the National Theatre.

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BDP to refurbish historic Manchester Town Hall

25th May 2010

Building Design Partnership (BDP), the UK-based international architectural firm, has been selected to undertake a three-year redevelopment scheme of Manchester Town Hall complex in Manchester, UK.

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DCMS told to make £88m of savings by Treasury

24th May 2010

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has been asked to make £88 million of savings as part of Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s plans for £6.2 billion of in-year cuts for 2010/11.

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Better times waiting in the wings for Shanklin theatre

24th May 2010

Shanklin Theatre, which was thrown a lifeline by Shanklin Town Council, is not expected to make a loss this summer. Updating town councillors at a meeting last week, Cllr Chris Quirk said the theatre, now a Grade II listed building, faced a busy summer season of shows and plays. He said: “We envisage the theatre will trade over the summer season certainly not at a loss.”

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