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The Shanklin Theatre Isle of Wight listed Grade II

10th February 2010

The Secretary of State, after consulting English Heritage, has decided to list the Shanklin Theatre and former Town Hall, Isle of Wight, at Grade II. The Theatres Trust supported the application for listing as the Shanklin is notable in exemplifying an entertainment building of special architectural and historical interest with original features intact.

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ATG’s Live Nation purchase cleared by OFT

10th February 2010

Ambassador Theatre Group’s £90 million purchase of Live Nation’s UK theatres has been cleared by the Office of Fair Trading and will not be referred to the Competition Commission. The OFT has been investigating the merger since the end of last year and, following extensive consultation with the industry, has concluded that “there is no realistic prospect of theatregoers losing out through higher prices or an overall reduction in choice of productions or theatres.”

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Derby Hippodrome on fire

10th February 2010

Firefighters are currently tackling a blaze at the former Hippodrome Theatre off Green Lane…

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How do you define theatre?

9th February 2010

The National Theatre of Scotland is doing motorbike stunts, other companies are trying out pre-recorded 3D … Are we in danger of losing sight of the live event? blogs Mark Fisher for The Guardian Theatre blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Mark Fisher


Site-specific show to bring Theatre Royal Haymarket back to its roots

9th February 2010

Unseen and overlooked backstage areas at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the West End are to provide the setting for a new site-specific performance at the venue later this month. The production, called La Fille a la Mode, will feature circus performers, dancers and actors, all of whom are involved as part of the venue’s Masterclass programme

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Royal Spa Centre given two years to turn itself around

9th February 2010

Warwickshire venue the Royal Spa Centre has been given a two-year reprieve to transform itself after the local council considered shutting it down. Warwick District Council, which owns the Leamington Spa theatre, has given its new general manager, Anthony Flint, a two-year window with a brief to improve its fortunes.

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Birmingham’s MAC reopens after £15m overhaul

9th February 2010

Birmingham’s Midlands Arts Centre will reopen on May 1 following a £15 million redevelopment project. As part of the scheme, which was jointly funded by Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council and a fund-raising campaign, the centre’s theatre has been stripped out and fitted with new lighting and sound systems and new seating.

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ACE grants Leicester’s Curve more than £1m from Sustain

9th February 2010

Leicester Curve is the first theatre to be awarded more than £1 million from Art Council England’s recession fighting fund Sustain. The £60 million, new-build venue, which opened less than 18 months ago and came in significantly over budget, is one of only three arts organisations to have received more than £1 million across the seven rounds of Sustain funding so far, alongside visual arts venues the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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Public Consultation for proposed new theatre in Finsbury Park

8th February 2010

Two public consultations will be held on Saturday 13th February 2pm-6pm and Monday 15th February 6pm-8pm at 11 Clifton Terrace, concerning proposals to convert and extend the office building previously occupied by Sense into a new cultural building for Finsbury Park. The building will contain a 200 seat theatre, a studio theatre half that size, an interval bar and a foyer, rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms and a small office.

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The Globe Stockton moves one step closer as planning is passed

8th February 2010

The first step in an ambitious vision to bring back The Globe Theatre has been achieved after Stockton Borough Council passed multimillion pound development plans submitted by property developer, Jomast. The decision marks the beginning of a strategic joint partnership between Jomast and Stockton Borough Council.

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