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Blackpool Council buys Tower and Winter Gardens

1st April 2010

In a move to try and prevent tourist numbers declining yet further in the Blackpool area, the Blackpool Council has today announced the purchase of Blackpool Tower and the Winter Gardens from entrepreneur Trevor Hemmings. The total cost is in the region of £39 million which includes a £10 million refurbishment of the ageing Tower.

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Company set up to run Shanklin Ttheatre

1st April 2010

A new company has been set up to take over the running of Shanklin Theatre. The company will take over the commercial running of the venue under a temporary licence until October.

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Edinburgh Assembly Rooms refurb hit by funding rejection

1st April 2010

Plans for a refurbishment of Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms are being “reassessed” after the city council failed in a £2.7 million bid for Heritage Lottery funding. The money was a cornerstone to the council’s controversial £12 million plan for a total overhaul of the venue. While this would have opened up new revenue streams, it would have curtailed the building’s use as a fringe venue.

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Blog: Theatre bring back the trapdoor drop

1st April 2010

Last season, the most cutting-edge effects made for soulless entertainment. It’s time for theatre-makers to go retro-tech blogs Alexis Soloski from The Guardian Theatre Blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Alexis Soloski


Medway Council's vision unveiled for Chatham

1st April 2010

A draft masterplan to bring jobs and extra investment to Chatham has been approved by Medway Council. The local authority hopes to attract top retailers by creating an extra 30,000 sq metres of shopping space and car parking facilities. The indoor market in High Street and Central Theatre are also earmarked for a revamp.

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Blackpool Tower to be sold as resort embarks on £40m development

31st March 2010

Blackpool Tower will become the centrepiece of a £40 million tourism development, including a Madame Tussauds waxworks museum, which the local authority hopes will help to regenerate the seaside resort. Trevor Hemmings, the leisure entrepreneur, has agreed to sell the rusting tower, together with the Winter Gardens conference venue, to Blackpool council, which has already secured European and government funding of almost £30 million towards the purchase and redevelopment.

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Picture Gallery: Scarborough Open Air Theatre

31st March 2010

Originally opened in 1932 and the largest of its kind in Europe, Scarborough’s Open Air theatre is to re-open with a star-studded gala this summer. BBC York and North Yorkshire have documented the changing theatre with a picture gallery of photos in celebration of its return to use.

Source: BBC York & North Yorkshire


Event: West End Theatre in the 19th Century 26 May - 27 June

31st March 2010

This exhibition of rare programmes, playbills, prints, portraits and artefacts, celebrates 19th Century London theatre and showcases original material from the Westminster Libraries and Archives Theatre Collection. It provides a fascinating insight into the colourful world of Victorian theatre, from its star performers to marvels of theatre design.

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The High Barnet Bull’s refit is charging into view

31st March 2010

A community theatre will reopen next week after a whirlwind month-long facelift. The Bull Theatre in High Street, High Barnet, has been refitted with new theatre seats, carpets and a multi-purpose stage. Patrons will be able to see the improvements and experience more leg-room during.

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Blackpool 'to be most exciting European resort'

30th March 2010

Blackpool will be ‘the most exciting resort in Europe’ after its upcoming revamp, the regional minister for the North West has said. Phil Woolas was speaking after the local council completed a deal to buy some of the resort’s main attractions, including the Tower, in a £38.9m deal.

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