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Work starts on ROH Thurrock workshop

12th March 2010

Work starts on site next month on Nicholas Hare’s workshop in Essex for the Royal Opera House’s backstage team. The 75m-wide workshop is the first of several new buildings planned for the 5.3 ha, £60 million production park in Purfleet, Thurrock, which the practice has also masterplanned.

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Anger at Hackney Empire plans

12th March 2010

Plans to sell a building used and owned by the Hackney Empire in order to pay back its spiralling deficit were greeted with anger by local residents at a stormy public meeting at the theatre on the 11 March 2010.

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James Soane’s inspiration: Liverpool Playhouse extension

12th March 2010

The glamour and confidence of a sixties extension to a 19th century theatre had an early influence on James Soane of Project Orange. The Liverpool Playhouse extension is a very autobiographical choice as an inspiration. This building was conceived in the same year as me (1966) and every day at home I saw a photo of it from when it was newly completed, hanging on the wall of my father’s study — he was a structural engineer and it was his first project. It entered into my consciousness before I even knew what architecture was.

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Theatre bosses face fury at Hackney Empire public meeting

12th March 2010

Angry theatre lovers lambasted Hackney Empire bosses over the theatre’s financial woes at the public meeting into its future last night (11 March). Hundreds of supporters filled the Empire’s main house to demand answers from the theatre’s key figures and representatives from Hackney Council and the government’s Arts Council.

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Reminiscence: sadness at final curtain for a Victorian theatre

11th March 2010

Here is a sad reminder of the last days of one of Leicester’s fine Victorian theatres, the Opera House, in Silver Street, which was replaced by Malcolm Arcade. This Mercury archive photograph , complete with contemporary Vauxhall Victor, is dated May 5, 1961, and it is clear from the lengthy caption that the writer was saddened by the theatre’s demise… This is what he said:

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Battle to save Barry Theatre Royal goes on

11th March 2010

Members of the Save Our Cinema Association (SOCA) have met the leader of the Vale Council, Cllr Gordon Kemp, to underline the group’s determination to bring back big screen entertainment to the Theatre Royal. SOCA supporter Paul Sutton, said: “The Leader of the Vale Council told us that there was no new planning application on the Theatre Royal site, and said it would be nice for it to be a cinema again.

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Northcott must start from scratch - administrator

11th March 2010

Exeter Northcott theatre needs to start again “with a completely clean slate”, according to the administrator who is now in charge of the venue and is calling for the company that ran the theatre to be replaced with an entirely new body. Ian Walker from administrator Begbies Traynor was appointed last month after it emerged that the regional producing venue was trading with a significant deficit. At the time, its board claimed it had “no choice” but to place the theatre into administration, despite receiving advice against the move from Arts Council England.

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Council go-ahead brings hope for Hackney Empire meeting tonight

11th March 2010

The Hackney Empire has been granted a new ray of hope ahead of the public meeting into the theatre’s future tonight March 11. Hackney Council’s planning sub committee last night gave the thumbs up to proposals to redevelop the theatre’s Sixties office block in Wilton Way, Hackney Central, into a seven-storey complex of 25 flats and houses with a community space and café for the theatre.

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£4.5m deal agreed to save Hackney Empire

11th March 2010

A property deal that will save the Hackney Empire has been given the go-ahead. The historic theatre was forced to close last month because of a financial crisis. But now local councillors have backed a building development that should safeguard its future. Hackney council planning committee has given permission for a project to turn a Sixties office block next to the venue into 25 flats.

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Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, by Ash Sakula Architects

11th March 2010

With careful reorganisation and the salvaging of details hidden in the building fabric, Ash Sakula Architects has given Chapter Arts Centre the home it deserves, says Rory Olcayto.

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