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A brief history as Harrogate Theatre celebrates its 110th anniversary

13th January 2010

Queen Victoria was still on the throne when Harrogate Theatre first opened its doors to the public as the Harrogate Grand Opera House, 110 years ago. The opening night on 13 January 1900 saw a charity performance, for soldiers fighting in the Boer War.

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Architecture centre exhibits models and plans of Hull's award winning theatre

12th January 2010

Arc, the architecture centre for Hull and the Humber sub-region, is exhibiting models, plans and photographs of the new Hull Truck Theatre. The theatre received top honours in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Yorkshire White Rose Awards, held in October 2009.

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Lost Theatre finds a permanent south London home

12th January 2010

The Lost Theatre will open the doors to its new London home this month, after ten years “on tour”. The venue, which is located in Stockwell in the former South Bank University building, has a 181-seat theatre, two rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, a backstage area and a bar.

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We need to act now to save theatre

11th January 2010

British theatre has grown better and broader than ever this decade. But unless we improve models of arts funding, that progress will be swept away blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Lyn Gardner

Backstage tour: A new stage in life as the Crucible is reborn

10th January 2010

In just over a month, audiences will be back at the Sheffield Crucible. Listen as Nick Ahad from the Yorkshire Post is taken on an exclusive backstage tour ahead of the reopening.

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Sherman Cymru to shut for 18 months’ transformation

9th January 2010

Sherman Cymru will close its doors tonight for 18 months as work begins on a major refurbishment. The Cardiff venue has received a £3.9m grant from the Arts Council of Wales for the facelift, which will modernise the public areas and refurbish backstage areas of the Sherman. But a further £1.5m towards the costs needs to be raised through a public campaign.

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Kent's small theatre to star in big documentary

9th January 2010

The rebirth of a tiny seaside theatre will feature in a new documentary its creators hope will be picked up by a mainstream broadcaster. Margate’s Tom Thumb Theatre – one of the smallest in the world with just 60 seats – was reopened early last month following four years of inactivity, during which time its very existence was under threat from property developers.

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Southport’s drama groups’ face new challenges after revamp closure of the Southport Arts Centre

8th January 2010

Sequins are sown on, the routines honed to perfection, and with the curtain ready to lift on All Souls’ annual pantomime, everything is progressing like clockwork. Except this year it’s not taking place in the familiar if sagging environs of Southport Arts Centre but from the stage at Greenbank School in Hillside.

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Is West End theatre booming, or just making a lot of noise?

7th January 2010

From Mamma Mia! to Wicked, London’s big shows have been grabbing headlines with record box-office success. Should we believe the hype? blogs Alistair Smith for The Guardian Theatre blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Alistair Smith

Unity Theatre celebrates 30 years on Liverpool’s Hope Place

6th January 2010

This year, the Unity celebrates three decades in its Hope Place home. We fought it on the beaches, on the seas and oceans, in the fields and in the streets. And, in Liverpool, we were fighting fascism in a small theatre situated half way up Mount Pleasant… Laura Davis looks back over the theatre’s history.

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