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Tabard Chit Chat: On a wing and a prayer

26th January 2010

Help can come from the most unexpected of places. Gotham City used to rely on Batman to save it from the forces of evil, but, it seems in Ayr, it’s his small, winged cousins that have flown to the rescue. According to the Ayrshire Post, council chiefs look to be scuppered – at least temporarily – in their plans to demolish the town’s Civic Theatre, because a protected species of bat lives inside the building.

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East 15 theatre school opens new venue in former Southend church

25th January 2010

A former United Reform church in Southend has reopened as a theatre and studios for the East 15 acting school. Clifftown Studios is the result of a £5.5 million renovation of the Grade II listed building for the University of Essex affiliated group. The building now includes a theatre, box office, five workshop studios, dressing rooms, wardrobe department, props making area and cafe. As well as East 15 the venue will also be available for local community use.

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The Theatres Trust invites London theatres to apply for ECOVENUE

25th January 2010

The Theatres Trust announces today that applications are open for theatres in London to apply to participate in ECOVENUE. The unique project has been developed to provide theatre-specific environmental improvement advice to 48 small-to-medium sized theatre and performing arts venues across London.

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Liverpool Royal Court theatre gets new 30-year lease

25th January 2010

Liverpool’s Royal Court theatre is to receive a new 30-year lease from the city council – paving the way for a £10m revamp. The lease on the Grade II listed building ends in January next year, and without an extension, the Royal Court Trust would be unable to raise the money required. Last night officials at the Royal Court said the granting of the lease would allow it to begin the process of raising the money.

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Future of Isle of Wight theatres out of council hands

22nd January 2010

Shanklin Theatre will close in April 2010, enabling it to be taken over by a community group, and Ryde Theatre will be sold to music college Platform One, it has been decided. The plans were agreed by the Isle of Wight Council’s cabinet, where councillors stressed both theatres should be retained for community use without the current need for council tax subsidies of more than £200,000 a year.

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Dublin’s €80m Grand Canal Theatre to open on time despite legal challenge

22nd January 2010

A dispute over the cost of fitting out Dublin’s newest theatre will not affect its gala opening planned for 17 March, an Irish court was told this week. The Grand Canal Theatre, in the city’s docklands, was designed by international architect Daniel Libeskind and cost €80 million to build. With 2,000 seats, plus almost 90 more if the orchestra pit is covered, its auditorium is twice the size of Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre.

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Ipswich Witchbottle Theatre delayed further as Waterfront firm fails

22nd January 2010

Uncertainty surrounds the future of a major development on the Ipswich Waterfront after it emerged that the company behind the scheme has gone into administration. City Living Developments (Ipswich) Ltd was responsible for the part-completed Regatta Quay complex. The development phase halted last October is also due to include the new 220-seat Witchbottle Theatre planned by the Ipswich-based Red Rose Chain theatre and film company.

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Letters: Profits can't be used for Scarborough's Futurist

21st January 2010

Regarding funding for the redevelopment of the Open Air Theatre, I would like to clarify the position. A number of recent letters to the Scarborough Evening News have suggested that this money would instead be better used to refurbish The Futurist. The full construction costs of the Open Air Theatre are being met from the profit of the first phase of the Sands development at no cost to the council taxpayer.

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Scunthorpe's £16m Baths Hall bidders vie for deal

21st January 2010

Read more at BBC News
Scunthorpe’s £16m Baths Hall bidders vie for deal Published 21 January 2010


£500,000 Facelift for Biggar Corn Exchange

21st January 2010

Biggar’s Grade B listed town centre Corn Exchange is set to receive a £500,000 facelift. Used for many years as an amateur theatre, and currently leased to Biggar Theatre Workshop, The Corn Exchange is a unique historic building. In partnership with Biggar Theatre Workshop, the council plan to carry out a number of external and internal repairs to extend the life of the building and give it a facelift. To view details of the Biggar Corn Exchange website, please click here

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