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

21st January 2010

Three major entertainment groups are in the running to manage Scunthorpe’s planned £16m Baths Hall venue, North Lincolnshire Council has revealed. It has received initial proposals from Sheffield International Venues (SIV), SMG Europe Holdings and HQ Theatres. The successful operator will be announced later this year.

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ACE proposes grants for commercial theatre

20th January 2010

Arts Council England has unveiled proposals for a new “politician-proof” ten-year plan that would see a radical shake-up of its funding system, including allowing grant applications from the commercial theatre sector for the first time in decades. The organisation has this week published Achieving Great Art for Everyone, a consultation paper putting forward its priorities for the next ten years.

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Bike Shed new Exeter theatre venue

20th January 2010

Preparations are in full swing for Particular Theatre Company’s second production, The Distance, at Exeter’s new venue, the Bike Shed Theatre. The company is transforming the former restaurant at the top of Fore Street into a fully functional theatre. The Distance runs from Monday, February 8, to February 27.

Source: Exeter Express and Echo Particular Theatre Company


Sunderland Royalty's future under threat

20th January 2010

Sunderland’s 86-year-old Royalty Theatre faces closure as audience figures plummet. Oscar-winning producer David Parfitt has stepped in and urged Wearsiders to help save the city’s oldest community theatre. While bosses from the Royalty say it is now a case of “use us or lose us”.

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Letters: Palace too much for council

20th January 2010

As the person who took Haringey Council and the Charity Commission to the High Court, I am glad councillors have abandoned their policy of trying to sell the People’s Palace. Andrew Gill, the acting general manager of Alexandra Palace, should be congratulated for proposing this policy be dumped. Hopefully years of blight are at an end.

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