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Fury as Waltham Forest Theatre vandalised

22nd March 2010

Cultural campaigners have reacted with fury to pictures showing the neglected and vandalised interior of Waltham Forest Theatre. The theatre is due to be demolished under plans to redevelop the park and has been empty since it was controversially closed last year. Nicky and Lee Caulfield, who fought unsuccessfully to save it, said they were assured that the theatre’s equipment would be donated to schools or community groups.

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New theatre for Liverpool Hope University

22nd March 2010

Poet Roger McGough will be the first person to perform in Liverpool Hope University’s new theatre. The Capstone, a 300-seat venue in Shaw Street, was officially opened by Vasily Petrenko, the principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. The Capstone, which was in development for 10 years, was funded with the assistance of the North West Development Agency (NWDA) and the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE).

Source: BBC News Liverpool Hope University


Hornsea easide resort plans for £5m new theatre

20th March 2010

Plans for a £5m theatre and business complex in Hornsea have been submitted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The new centre will include a 300-seat auditorium and stage, a cafe and conference facilities with sea views. The council said it would replace the old Floral Hall, which “no longer meet the needs of the community”. The council has committed about £3m to the scheme and is seeking the remaining funds from Yorkshire Forward, the regional development agency.

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New hope for Shanklin theatre future

19th March 2010

Shanklin Theatre has been given a lifeline after the town’s council agreed to negotiate to buy the building. The shock announcement was made at Shanklin Town Council’s March meeting. Its members agreed, in principle, to acquire the freehold of the dilapidated theatre from the Isle of Wight Council and to negotiate its transfer, subject to the town council’s final approval.

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Civic Trust backs plans to demolish Workington's Opera House

18th March 2010

Plans to demolish Workington’s former Opera House and replace it with apartments have been backed by the town’s civic trust. Graves (Cumberland) Ltd has applied to Allerdale council for outline permission to pull down the Tiffen Lane building, which could be replaced by 15 flats and new shop units.

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Delirium project announced for Old Vic Tunnels

18th March 2010

Tunnels beneath Waterloo station will be the setting for Delirium’s new production Your Nation Loves You, which has been supported by the Old Vic New Voices programme. The space previously hosted Tunnel 228, a co-production between Punchdrunk and the Old Vic, and Banksy’s new film was screened there earlier this year.

Source: The Stage


Curtain up on Bath theatre work

18th March 2010

Work has started on Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio’s refurbishment of the grade II* listed Theatre Royal in Bath. The brief includes conserving and upgrading the 205-year-old building, remodelling the foyer, adding a bar and improving access. Partner Peter Clegg said: “The Theatre Royal is one of Bath’s most cherished buildings. Historically, it is also one of the most important theatres in the country… architecture on a building such as this is akin to surgery.”

Source: BD Online


Hackney gets green light for £1.1m sale to balance books

18th March 2010

Hackney Empire has received planning permission to redevelop a piece of land it owns adjacent to its building, paving the way for a £1.1 million sale of the site, which will go some way to restoring the beleaguered venue’s finances.

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Theatres commended in Civic Trust honours

18th March 2010

The multi-million pound restoration of the historic Grand Theatre in Leeds has been recognised in the prestigious national Civic Trust awards. The scheme, by BDP architects, received a commendation at a ceremony at St George’s Hall in Liverpool.

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Rescue the Deal Regent campaign launched

17th March 2010

An ambitious project to Rescue the Regent has been launched in the hope of reopening the derelict seafront building as a performing arts and cultural centre. The former bingo hall on Deal seafront is owned by the district council and closed in January 2009 after 40 years.

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