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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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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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