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Eastbourne Royal Hippodrome project takes step forward

9th April 2010

An ambitious project to make the Royal Hippodrome Theatre the focal point for the regeneration of Eastbourne’s deprived Devonshire Ward has taken an important step forward. A community trust, set up with the blessing of the Borough Council, has now been incorporated as a limited company and will soon be formally registered as a charity.

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Eastbourne Royal Hippodrome project takes step forward

9th April 2010

An ambitious project to make the Royal Hippodrome Theatre the focal point for the regeneration of Eastbourne’s deprived Devonshire Ward has taken an important step forward. A community trust, set up with the blessing of the Borough Council, has now been incorporated as a limited company and will soon be formally registered as a charity.

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Blog: How do you measure theatre success?

9th April 2010

The play’s a hit – but how can you tell? Backers of a new system claim audience reaction is the best indication of effectiveness. A group of the UK theatre world’s leading industry bodies – The Society of London Theatre, Theatrical Management Association and Independent Theatre Council – have recently come up with what they believe is a completely new way of measuring the effectiveness (or otherwise) of a theatre production blogs Alistair Smith from The Guardian Theatre Blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Alistair Smith


Iconic Ayr Civic theatre enjoys its final days

9th April 2010

One of Ayrshire’s most iconic buildings could be bulldozed within days. The Civic Theatre, which has stood in Ayr town centre for more than a century, is set to tumble. Asbestos has finally been removed from the building – meaning the green light for demolition. But Civic fans insist the famous old theatre doesn’t have to fall and South Ayrshire Council has been urged to backtrack on its decision to wipe out an institution.

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Child's design to front Oxford theatre

6th April 2010

An art installation designed by an Oxfordshire schoolgirl will be central to the new look of an Oxford theatre. The cycle parking piece will stand at the front of the Pegasus Theatre, in Magdalen Road, as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment.

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Bristol Old Vic awarded £5.3m by ACE for refurbishment

5th April 2010

Bristol Old Vic has been awarded £5.3 million by Arts Council England to help fund the long-planned refurbishment of its Theatre Royal home.

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Council may move into Swindon Mechanics' to do safety work

3rd April 2010

The latest twist in the Mechanics’ Institute saga could see Swindon Council take over the emergency safety work that owner Mathew Singh has so far failed to do. David Potter, director of planning and transport at the council, is proposing that the council step in and commission contractors to complete the dozens of jobs that were listed in an Urgent Works Notice given to Mr Singh last year.

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Funds raise curtain on new Seagull Theatre equipment

3rd April 2010

The Seagull Theatre and its volunteers have received a £920 boost towards the cost of new sound equipment. The money comes from Bill Mountford, UKIP councillor for Lowestoft South, who made the award as match-funding from his locality budget. It will make a major difference to the revitalised theatre, which reopened last year.

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New bid to knock down Brampton's old Playhouse

2nd April 2010

Plans to demolish Brampton’s crumbling playhouse and build five houses in its place have been resubmitted. Local objections prompted antiques dealer Martyn Watson to withdraw his plans to knock down the derelict theatre and build two two-bedroom houses and three one-bedroom flats.

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£60m retirement home planned for historic Stanford Hall

1st April 2010

Plans for a £60m luxury retirement village at Stanford Hall could get the go-ahead this week. The complex of 120 homes, a 70-bed care home, luxury spa and shops has already been given conditional approval by Rushcliffe Borough Council. But developer Chek Whyte is awaiting a final decision on his proposals from the Government Office for the East Midlands on Friday.

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