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Wales launches National Theatre Company

11th March 2010

Wales is launching a new National Theatre Company, with a different approach. The company has no permanent theatre base and plan to take their shows to the people – performing in unusual places, from beaches and firing ranges to working men’s clubs. The BBC’s Will Gompertz has been to meet the cast.

Source: BBC News 11 March BBC News 11 March BBC News Gomp/Arts Blog


Spreadbury-Maher is appointed artistic director of the King’s Head

10th March 2010

Cock Tavern artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher has been appointed artistic director of the King’s Head Theatre, providing a link between the two north London fringe venues.

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Event: PLASA Focus 2010

8th March 2010

The latest technology behind the world’s most innovative live events, concerts and tours, theatres, nightclubs, corporate events, permanent installations and leisure attractions will be on show at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, on Tuesday 27 April & Wednesday 28 April.

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Blackpool to open new £1.2 million dinner theatre in former nightclub

5th March 2010

Blackpool’s former Palace Nightclub is to be converted into a £1.2 million live entertainment and fine dining venue. The Central Promenade site, which was once the largest nightclub in Blackpool but has been closed for several years, is to be converted into The Sands Venue.

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Man or mouse: has Equity lost its bite?

4th March 2010

The actors’ union is struggling to prove it still matters – as its new campaign to tackle vermin in West End theatres demonstrates blogs Michael Simkins from The Guardian Theatre blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Michael Simkins


West End theatres are 'infested'

4th March 2010

Many West End theatres are infested with rats, mice and fleas, a survey by the actors union Equity has found. Three-quarters of stage managers and actors at 24 venues in London’s West End, which feature world-famous shows, report regular infestations. Many of the theatres date back to the Victorian and Edwardian days.

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Lancaster Dukes funding restored by council

4th March 2010

Councillors have restored £20,000 funding to the Dukes theatre after cutting it from their budget a year ago. The theatre’s plight had been met with a public wave of support after news its funding could be slashed. Dukes director Joe Sumsion had said the cut could leave the theatre with no choice but to increase prices for youth theatre members and community groups.

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EC Harris update on the construction of the new Lyric Theatre Belfast

4th March 2010

Work commenced on the construction of the new Lyric Theatre in March 2009 and over the last year considerable progress has been made. Give the size, style and shape of the theatre, there are a number of complexities associated with the construction process and the design team and contractor have been working tirelessly to manage these and maintain progress against the programme.

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Jermyn Street Theatre still open for business, artistic director insists

2nd March 2010

Jermyn Street Theatre artistic director Gene David Kirk has moved to reassure theatre-goers that the venue is still open, after a newspaper article wrongly claimed the venue had closed. Kirk said the newspaper had reported on building work taking place on Jermyn Street, which has required some businesses to close until 2012, and added that the theatre was listed as one of them.

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‘Cracks beginning to show’ with industry skills shortage

2nd March 2010

A “skills time bomb” is threatening to damage the ability of the UK’s performing arts sector to fulfil its economic promise, according to a new report published by Creative and Cultural Skills.

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