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‘Eyesore’ Nelson theatre will be demolished

18th February 2010

An eyesore’ former bingo hall is to be razed despite an eleventh hour bid to prevent its demolition. John Denham, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, rubber stamped Pende Borough Council’s proposals to knock down the former Palace Theatre, in Leeds Road, Nelson, after the plans had been opposed by a number of theatre heritage groups.

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Prince opens refurbished Crucible Theatre in Sheffield

18th February 2010

The Earl of Wessex was joined by a former snooker champion as he officially reopened the refurbished Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. The Crucible, which is famous for hosting the World Snooker Championships, has undergone a £15.3m redevelopment programme.

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How long should theatre last?

18th February 2010

As quick as a gesture, as long as an eternity? While a play can go on for hours, some of the most memorable theatre happens in the blink of an eye blogs Andrew Dickson for The Guardian Theatre blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre blog – Andrew Dickson

Demolition of Palace Theatre Nelson to go-ahead

18th February 2010

The Government has given the go-ahead for the demolition of the former Palace bingo hall in Holme Street, Nelson. Pendle Council had originally planned to knock the old theatre down last year, but delays were caused after theatre heritage groups and The Theatres Trust opposed the move. But the Secretary of State announced the demolition could proceed.

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Southwark Cathedral to host Mysteries play

17th February 2010

Southwark Cathedral will host John Constable’s The Southwark Mysteries when a new production is staged in London in April. The play, which is a modern drama inspired by the medieval mystery plays, was originally performed in 2000 in Shakespeare’s Globe and Southwark Cathedral. This year, it will run from April 22 to 24 at the cathedral.

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Oxford’s Old Fire Station to be homeless and arts centre

16th February 2010

Plans are underway to redevelop the Old Fire Station theatre in Oxford into an education and employment centre for homeless people, alongside new arts facilities. Homeless charity Crisis is working in partnership with Oxford City Council to deliver a Skylight centre as part of the redeveloped Old Fire Station, currently known as the OFS Studio Theatre.

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Theatres and the ties that bind us

15th February 2010

There’s more to theatres than just the show. Whether it’s the people you go with or the seats you sit in, theatre buildings form part of our emotional landscape blogs Lyn Gardner for the Guardian Theatre Blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Lyn Gardner

Page\Park lands Glasgow's Theatre Royal revamp

14th February 2010

Glasgow-based architects Page\Park has seen off the likes of Caruso St John and Nord Architecture to win the prize £10 million project to design an extension to the city’s Theatre Royal. The outfit also beat Terry Pawson Architects and Tim Ronalds Architects to land the Scottish Opera-backed scheme to improve and increase the public space at the front of the 19th Century theatre.

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Blog: Clifton Terrace new theatre planned for Finsbury Park

14th February 2010

Plans are being hatched to open a new theatre on Clifton Terrace, the road which runs north from the Wells Terrace entrance to Finsbury Park tube station. With a local school being in the middle of opening its own theatre and plans to turn the old Hornsey Baths building into a theatre too, we could be about to have an abundance of theatres in the area blogs Mark Pack.

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Why have costly arts projects that were supposed to transform the country's cultural landscape flopped?

12th February 2010

Ten years on since the great Millennium Lottery rush to turn this country into an all-singing, all-dancing culture-box, the picture is distinctly less sparkly. discusses Rosie Millard in The Independent.

Source: The Independent

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