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Royal Court London swaps stage for shops

3rd February 2010

An empty unit in an inner-city shopping centre is to be transformed into a theatre for six months. The Royal Court Theatre, based in Chelsea, will set up shop in south-London’s Elephant and Castle centre as part of its new Theatre Local project. Their artistic director Dominic Cooke said four plays, set between March and September, were about attracting new faces to the theatre.

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Why we really should demolish the National Theatre

3rd February 2010

The National Theatre in London is a wonderful, vital means of gathering people together. But the building is an anachronism blogs AndyField for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Andy Field


V & A Evening Talk: Curtain Up! Theatre Photography

3rd February 2010

Curtain Up! Theatre Photography with Simon Annand and Lindsay Duncan at the V & A
22 February, 19.00-20.45

For 25 years actors have given photographer Simon Annand unprecedented access to photograph them during the thirty minutes before curtain up, known as ‘the half’. These rare images show the many different ways in which they prepare for performance and provide a remarkable psychological insight into the world.

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Stoke Newington town hall restoration by Hawkins\Brown

3rd February 2010

FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA: Hawkins\Brown has completed its £6.4 million restoration and refit of the art deco, grade II-listed Stoke Newington town hall in north London. Designed by J Reginald Truelove in the 1930s, the building was reopened to the public on Monday (1 February) following a year-long revamp.

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RSAMD to expand into dance with £6m new site

2nd February 2010

Scotland’s leading drama school is creating a new £6 million campus which will focus on dance training and open later this year. The new facility at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama will also house the school’s production and technical department and may lead the institution to change its name.

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Sir Cameron Mackintosh's theatres to stay open for ever

31st January 2010

Sir Cameron Mackintosh, the flamboyant impresario who has made millions out of the theatre, is pouring it back in so that the show goes on for ever. He plans to use some of his estimated £635m fortune to endow each of his seven London playhouses with enough cash to keep them open after his death, staging only musicals and plays. The move throws down a challenge to his friend and rival Andrew Lloyd Webber to follow suit.

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£3.2m refurbishment for Musselburgh's Brunton Hall

30th January 2010

Plans have been unveiled for a proposed £3.2m refurbishment of the Brunton Hall in Musselburgh, Scotland. Complete illustrations providing details have been put on public display within the building. The work includes extensive redevelopment of the Main Hall, improved access into, and within, the building, modern backstage facilities and new external signage.

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Supporters helping Long Eaton theatre to rise up from ashes at last

29th January 2010

Work to rebuild a Long Eaton theatre destroyed by fire has begun following a massive fund-raising effort from supporters. The £200,000 project will create a stage, balcony, kitchen, changing rooms and seating for 180. The main building of the Chatsworth Centre, known as the Duchess Theatre, was destroyed in a fire in 2003. The cause has never been established.

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Extra steel works put Worcester theatre £20k over budget

29th January 2010

The redevelopment of a Worcester theatre went more than £20,000 over budget after it was found it needed additional structural support. Extra steel work had to be placed in The Swan Theatre on The Moors after it was found to be unsafe after its old roof was taken off. Asbestos also had to be removed on the project which eventually cost over £22,789 more than the original £578,142.91 budget.

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Historic Henley theatre secure

29th January 2010

A landmark deal to secure the future of the country’s fourth oldest theatre has been reached. The Kenton Theatre in New Street, Henley, will be given to the people of the town after the Henley Municipal Charities agreed to sell its stake in the venue. Contracts were signed on the stage, signalling the end of 18 months of talks designed to safeguard the Grade II-listed building from development.

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