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Railway Children at Waterloo’s redundant Eurostar station

12th March 2010

A production of The Railway Children featuring a real steam locomotive is to be staged at Waterloo’s disused international terminal. The redundant Eurostar platforms will be turned into a theatre with the audience seated on two sides of the steam engine. A similar production of the play – based on the book by E Nesbit – was staged at the National Railway Museum in York two years ago.

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Theatre watchdog joins Futurist fight

12th March 2010

Scarborough Evening News reports on The Theatres Trust’s letter to Scarborough Borough Council asking for it to be consulted on the future of the Futurist.

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Bill bidding to list Nuneaton Scala site

12th March 2010

An urgent call has been made to protect a near 100- year-old building which played home to one of Nuneaton’s first cinemas with variety performance. Nuneaton MP Bill Olner has written to chiefs at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council to make an emergency request for the local authority to apply for listed status for the Scala building in Abbey Street.

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Work starts on ROH Thurrock workshop

12th March 2010

Work starts on site next month on Nicholas Hare’s workshop in Essex for the Royal Opera House’s backstage team. The 75m-wide workshop is the first of several new buildings planned for the 5.3 ha, £60 million production park in Purfleet, Thurrock, which the practice has also masterplanned.

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Anger at Hackney Empire plans

12th March 2010

Plans to sell a building used and owned by the Hackney Empire in order to pay back its spiralling deficit were greeted with anger by local residents at a stormy public meeting at the theatre on the 11 March 2010.

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James Soane’s inspiration: Liverpool Playhouse extension

12th March 2010

The glamour and confidence of a sixties extension to a 19th century theatre had an early influence on James Soane of Project Orange. The Liverpool Playhouse extension is a very autobiographical choice as an inspiration. This building was conceived in the same year as me (1966) and every day at home I saw a photo of it from when it was newly completed, hanging on the wall of my father’s study — he was a structural engineer and it was his first project. It entered into my consciousness before I even knew what architecture was.

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Theatre bosses face fury at Hackney Empire public meeting

12th March 2010

Angry theatre lovers lambasted Hackney Empire bosses over the theatre’s financial woes at the public meeting into its future last night (11 March). Hundreds of supporters filled the Empire’s main house to demand answers from the theatre’s key figures and representatives from Hackney Council and the government’s Arts Council.

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Reminiscence: sadness at final curtain for a Victorian theatre

11th March 2010

Here is a sad reminder of the last days of one of Leicester’s fine Victorian theatres, the Opera House, in Silver Street, which was replaced by Malcolm Arcade. This Mercury archive photograph , complete with contemporary Vauxhall Victor, is dated May 5, 1961, and it is clear from the lengthy caption that the writer was saddened by the theatre’s demise… This is what he said:

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Battle to save Barry Theatre Royal goes on

11th March 2010

Members of the Save Our Cinema Association (SOCA) have met the leader of the Vale Council, Cllr Gordon Kemp, to underline the group’s determination to bring back big screen entertainment to the Theatre Royal. SOCA supporter Paul Sutton, said: “The Leader of the Vale Council told us that there was no new planning application on the Theatre Royal site, and said it would be nice for it to be a cinema again.

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Northcott must start from scratch - administrator

11th March 2010

Exeter Northcott theatre needs to start again “with a completely clean slate”, according to the administrator who is now in charge of the venue and is calling for the company that ran the theatre to be replaced with an entirely new body. Ian Walker from administrator Begbies Traynor was appointed last month after it emerged that the regional producing venue was trading with a significant deficit. At the time, its board claimed it had “no choice” but to place the theatre into administration, despite receiving advice against the move from Arts Council England.

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