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Blackpool 'to be most exciting European resort'

30th March 2010

Blackpool will be ‘the most exciting resort in Europe’ after its upcoming revamp, the regional minister for the North West has said. Phil Woolas was speaking after the local council completed a deal to buy some of the resort’s main attractions, including the Tower, in a £38.9m deal.

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Cultural heads present economic case for government investment in arts

30th March 2010

Leading figures from the culture sector, including National Theatre artistic director Nicholas Hytner, Southbank Centre artistic director Jude Kelly and Alan Davey, chief executive of Arts Council England, have united to launch Cultural Capital – a manifesto calling on the government to maintain support for the arts in a bid to help rebuild Britain’s economy.

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Walk the Plank sells off its Liverpool theatre ship

30th March 2010

Britain’s only touring theatre ship has set sail for Amsterdam after high running costs forced the vessel’s owners of almost 20 years to sell it. Salford-based production company Walk the Plank bought the mv Fitzcarraldo for £100,000 in 1991 and it was docked in Liverpool after being brought from Arctic Norway. The ship was sold for £60,000 because it was deemed too costly to keep it seaworthy.

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In theatre, the cheap seats are meant to be just that

29th March 2010

If not exactly ‘extraordinary’, there’s much to be said for the £10 day seats on offer for Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem blogs Natasha Tripney for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Natasha Tripney


Event: Education Live2010 - 27 April

29th March 2010

A special invitation for teachers and PGCE Students, EducationLive is a unique event that gives 60 teachers the chance to meet theatre industry professionals in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn about the educational resources provided by London theatres and productions, including special events, teacher resource materials and workshops.

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Plea to support Frome theatre

29th March 2010

Paula Hammond, who leaves her job as director of The Merlin Theatre in Frome, on Thursday (April1) is urging Frome people to support the theatre as it faces financial challenges in the coming year. She describes the theatre, which stands in the grounds of Frome Community College, as “a superb space with a fantastic energy.”

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Plans for central Chatham to be discussed

29th March 2010

New squares, shops and roof-top car parking are among the latest plans to redevelop central Chatham. They will be discussed tomorrow (Tuesday 30th) when Medway’s Cabinet debates a masterplan for the High Street and Best Street areas. The proposals include suggestions to expand the Central Theatre.

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Lincoln Theatre Royal acts take centre stage on theatre's big night

29th March 2010

The all new Lincoln Theatre Royal opened its doors to a variety gala which was met with rapturous applause from guests and loyal fans. Dressed in their finest, the audience cheered acts including recent winner of TV’s Pop Star to Opera Star, Darius Campbell; new star on the classical scene Camilla Kerslake and old hands, Bobby Davro and the current Rat Pack gang from London’s West End.

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Liverpool's Royal Court theatre is given 30 year lease

29th March 2010

The Liverpool Royal Court Theatre has secured its long-term future with the granting of a 30-year lease from Liverpool City Council. The Merseyside theatre can now look to raise funds needed for a £10.6m refurbishment scheme of the 1,250 seat venue which was built in the 1930s. .

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West End Theatre Audience Report 2010

27th March 2010

The West End Theatre Audience Report (2010) looks at who attends London’s theatres – their profile, habits and attitudes. This unique and comprehensive survey is carried out on behalf of the Society of London Theatre at regular intervals by leading research company IPSOS MORI. This new edition, crammed with up-to-date insights, will be an indispensable tool for anyone working in, studying or with an interest in the London theatre sector.

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