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A new stage age: why theatres should embrace digital technology

24th March 2010

Whether it’s Skype or interactive websites, new media technology can hugely enhance live theatre – as a new scheme by iShed recognises blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian Theatre blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Lyn Gardner


£8m plan to turn Great Yarmouth chapel into ‘landmark’ theatre

23rd March 2010

A Grade I-listed former chapel in Great Yarmouth is to be converted into a performance venue, under £8 million redevelopment plans submitted to the local council. A planning application has been submitted to Great Yarmouth Borough Council for the building, which was de-consecrated in 1959 and which had been used as a theatre for more than 20 years until 2006, when structural decay forced it to close.

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Hornsey Town Hall: Saving our jewel in the crown

23rd March 2010

The faded jewel in Crouch End’s crown is set to sparkle once more as plans for the re-birth of Hornsey Town Hall are finally unveiled. The Grade II listed art deco building is on the verge of a highly anticipated transformation into an arts centre with an ambitious £18million scheme including a new theatre, studio space, bars and housing.

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Vouchers for all ‘a better way to subsidise the arts’

23rd March 2010

An £11 voucher, distributed to everyone in the UK to invest in an arts event of their choice, would provide a better means of government cultural subsidy than the arts councils currently do, according to a new report by a free market think tank.

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Leeds City Varieties makeover well underway

23rd March 2010

Work is now well underway on a project to restore the world-famous Leeds City Varieties back to its former glory. The first phase of the £9.2m renovation and restoration of the building on Swan Street which is one of the oldest surviving Victorian-era music halls in the UK began at the start of the year. Contractors BAM Construction are now hard at work carrying out the major project which will see the building returned as much as possible to how it looked in the late 19th century.

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Launch of £350,000 appeal to save historic Kenton theatre

22nd March 2010

A party was held to launch a fund-raising drive to secure the future of the Kenton Theatre in Henley. The trustees need to raise £350,000 in six months in order to purchase the freehold of the Grade II-listed theatre, which is the fourth oldest in the country.

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Fury as Waltham Forest Theatre vandalised

22nd March 2010

Cultural campaigners have reacted with fury to pictures showing the neglected and vandalised interior of Waltham Forest Theatre. The theatre is due to be demolished under plans to redevelop the park and has been empty since it was controversially closed last year. Nicky and Lee Caulfield, who fought unsuccessfully to save it, said they were assured that the theatre’s equipment would be donated to schools or community groups.

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New theatre for Liverpool Hope University

22nd March 2010

Poet Roger McGough will be the first person to perform in Liverpool Hope University’s new theatre. The Capstone, a 300-seat venue in Shaw Street, was officially opened by Vasily Petrenko, the principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. The Capstone, which was in development for 10 years, was funded with the assistance of the North West Development Agency (NWDA) and the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE).

Source: BBC News Liverpool Hope University


Hornsea easide resort plans for £5m new theatre

20th March 2010

Plans for a £5m theatre and business complex in Hornsea have been submitted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The new centre will include a 300-seat auditorium and stage, a cafe and conference facilities with sea views. The council said it would replace the old Floral Hall, which “no longer meet the needs of the community”. The council has committed about £3m to the scheme and is seeking the remaining funds from Yorkshire Forward, the regional development agency.

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New hope for Shanklin theatre future

19th March 2010

Shanklin Theatre has been given a lifeline after the town’s council agreed to negotiate to buy the building. The shock announcement was made at Shanklin Town Council’s March meeting. Its members agreed, in principle, to acquire the freehold of the dilapidated theatre from the Isle of Wight Council and to negotiate its transfer, subject to the town council’s final approval.

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