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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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Free theatre tickets scheme for the young has failed, admits minister

13th March 2010

Margaret Hodge said that the Government had not planned adequately or consulted the theatre industry before launching the A Night Less Ordinary scheme, which has cost £2.5 million. The initiative was announced at the Labour party conference in 2008 by Andy Burnham where he pledged to make a million free theatre tickets available to people under 26 by 2011. But figures published by Arts Council England show that only 121,742 tickets have been taken up by young theatregoers so far – less than 20 per cent of its revised target of 618,000 tickets.

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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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