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Adam Smith Institute's proposals could mean curtains for UK theatre

17th March 2010

Plans by the rightwing thinktank to replace arts funding with a voucher system could kill innovative theatre stone dead blogs Lyn Gardner from The Guardian Theatre blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Lyn Gardner


New theatre to open below Waterloo East Station

17th March 2010

Work has started on the fitting out of a railway arch in Brad Street that will soon open as the Waterloo East Theatre. The entrance to Waterloo East Theatre will be in Brad Street near the junction with Cornwall Road. Lambeth Council granted planning permission last year for the conversion of the arch – which has been vacant for some years – into a theatre.

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HQ Theatres appoint former Hackney Empire man as general manager

17th March 2010

Britain’s second largest regional theatre operator HQ Theatres has appointed Stuart Shanks as its general manager. Shanks was formerly general manager of Hackney Empire, having joined the venue as head of finance and administration in 2007. He said that he was excited about his new role “with the future of the Empire now secure”.

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Green light for £6.8million new Carlton Theatre plan

16th March 2010

Plans to rebuild Teignmouth’s landmark Carlton Theatre have been given the green light. Teignbridge Council’s development control committee yesterday voted unanimously in favour of the development despite concerns raised by English Heritage over its ‘overwhelming presence’ and the fact it could prejudice the future of the neighbouring Grade II listed Riviera Cinema building.

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Edinburgh Festival Theatre stages bid for more premieres

16th March 2010

A revamp of Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre will bring more world premiere performances to the city, bosses said today. Details of the proposed plans for a £2.8 million extension to the theatre have been unveiled, with work set to be completed in time for the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012.

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Exeter Northcott confirms it will remain open for spring season

16th March 2010

Exeter’s Northcott Theatre has confirmed that it will remain open for its spring season with the majority of performances going ahead, after Arts Council England agreed to provide additional funds of around £100,000 to support the programme.

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Work begins on £35m Bangor arts project

15th March 2010

Design work has started on a £35m arts and innovation centre at Bangor University, Gwynedd. The Pontio Project will include an innovation hub, teaching and learning facilities and a range of indoor and outdoor performance spaces. Bangor has been without a theatre since Theatr Gwynedd closed in October 2008, despite local protests to keep it open until a new arts centre was opened. The architect’s initial designs will go on show to the public in April.

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Move to protect Scarborough Futurist

15th March 2010

Campaigners are applying for listed status for the 90-year-old Futurist theatre in Scarborough in an attempt to save it from closure. But the building is in need of repair and the borough council has set up a task group to discuss its future. A group of local campaigners said they were submitting an application for listed status to English Heritage.

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Henry Ian Cusick in pledge to save the Ramshorn Theatre

14th March 2010

A community theatre that helped to launch the careers of some of Scotland’s most successful actors, including Dawn Steele, Siobhan Redmond and Henry Ian Cusick is to be sold as part of a costsaving plan. Strathclyde University is planning to sell all its city-centre premises, including the Ramshorn Theatre, a Grade A-listed converted church in the Merchant City.

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Public meeting on Hornsey Town Hall redevelopment plans

13th March 2010

Hornsey Town Hall in Crouch End could be transformed into a cultural hub with a theatre space, bars, halls and new housing if a planning application submitted to Haringey Council this week is approved. The Town Hall, a listed 1930s building and popular local landmark, will be at the centre of plans to improve cultural services in Crouch End and the surrounding areas.

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