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Bungay theatre celebrates success

14th April 2010

It has long been hailed as one of Bungay’s most successful community projects and now, that view of the Fisher Theatre has been confirmed in a report revealing that its economic impact on the Suffolk market town has hit £1m per year. The theatre, which has hosted the likes of Ann Widdecombe and actor Edward Fox, opened its doors in 2006 following an 11-year fund-raising effort.

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Colwyn Bay Theatre on brink of cash boost

14th April 2010

Star Terry Jones believes the battle to save Colwyn Bay’s Victorian theatre will be won. The Monty Python star was at Theatre Colwyn and said the cinema was close to securing £750,000 to carry out improvements. He said the future of the 125 year old venue was bright, and that the fight was now on to make up a funding shortfall of £100, 000.

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Lion and Unicorn Pub theatre's future saved

14th April 2010

A thriving pub theatre has been saved following a six-month battle. The Giant Olive – resident theatre company at the Lion and Unicorn, in Gaisford Street, Kentish Town, since late 2008 – faced an uncertain future after owners Pubs ‘n’ Bars PLC went into administration in September.

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Pitlochry set to become Scotland’s biggest producing theatre after expansion

14th April 2010

Pitlochry Festival Theatre is set to become Scotland’s most prolific building-based theatre producer, increasing in-house productions from six to ten a year by 2012. Expansion at the 540-seat theatre will start in December with PFT’s first pantomime. Deputy chief executive and commercial director Derek Allan told The Stage this would be a large-scale production in the Scottish tradition.

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Blackpool Winter Gardens to be revamped as part of £40m overhaul

14th April 2010

Blackpool’s iconic sea-front Tower, Golden Mile and Winter Gardens conference centre are to be transformed as part of a £38.9 million strategy to boost tourism following the sale of the venues by current owner Trevor Hemmings to the local council.

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Tories call in Bedford Civic Theatre closure decision

14th April 2010

Mayor’s executive decision will now go before a scrutiny committee. Conservatives at Bedford Borough Council have called in the mayor’s executive decision to close Bedford Civic Theatre. Last week Mayor Dave Hodgson unveiled plans to shut the venue and use the building to create a one stop shop for council services in the heart of Bedford town centre.

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Extended conference and exhibition space for Manchester Lowry

13th April 2010

In an expansion effort, Manchester’s arts and entertainment venue The Lowry has taken over the ground floor conference and event facilities in the adjacent Digital World Centre (DWC). The new facilities include a tiered theatre for 100 delegates and over 300sqm of exhibition space, with floor-to-ceiling sound-proof partitioning, which can transform the space into eight individual meeting rooms with capacities ranging from 2-70 delegates.

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Shanklin Theatre 'won't be a burden'

13th April 2010

The leading role being taken by Shanklin Town Council in saving the town’s theatre for community use will not extend to pouring council taxpayers’ money into the project, a meeting was told. Cllr Chris Quirk said he would publicise exactly what arrangements were being put in place to allay any public disquiet the council would be saddled with a financial burden.

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Event: ITEAC Conference 2010 discussion topics announced

12th April 2010

Following the successful format of previous International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conferences, the three days will see over a hundred experts take part in around thirty presentation and discussion sessions. The Conference, to be held in London from 13-15 June, is attracting a broad range of delegates from venue design, construction, installation and management as well as a large number of designers and practitioners.

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Event: SAVE's 2010 Conservation Book Fair - 22 June

12th April 2010

Leading heritage organisations and publishers will once again be gathering together at Cowcross street to sell their publications (many at special discounted rates). This year the event, to be held on 22nd June, will be supplemented by short talks and book signings by prominent architectural authors including Dan Cruickshank, Marcus Binney and Jeremy Musson.

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