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The show goes on at Blackburn's Empire Theatre Centenary year

20th January 2010

In 1910 a group of passionate enthusiasts had a dream to erect one of the UK’s first purpose-built cinemas in Blackburn. One hundred years later and although the cinema is long gone, dedicated local volunteers have kept the dream alive, having restored the building into a thriving community theatre. Fundraising director Michael Berry speaks about the highs and lows of the Thwaites Empire Theatre as it celebrates its centenary year.

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Dumfries Theatre Royal cash plea

20th January 2010

A Scottish actor and a former culture minister have joined forces to support a Dumfries’ Theatre Royal face-lift. Actor John Cairney and MSP Mike Russell want the council to fund a refurbishment of the historic theatre. The local authority has shown support for the refurb, but the final arrangements are yet to be set.

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One Foot Taller designs Livingston youth centre

19th January 2010

One Foot Taller and Nicoll Russell Architects have jointly designed the new Firefly Youth Centre at the Howden Park Centre redevelopment in Livingston, UK. The redevelopment includes the creation of a 300-seat auditorium, flexible dance, art and multi-purpose studio spaces, technical areas, dressing rooms, offices and the Firefly Youth Theatre.

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Investing in the cultural future of Watford

19th January 2010

Watford stakeholders are to be asked their views on improvements that could be made to the top of the town centre to improve Watford’s cultural offer. A study, carried out by a specialist team led by AECOM presents a range of exciting proposals designed to stimulate conversations about the future look and feel of the top of the town centre.

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Here's to the next 60: Nottingham Arts Theatre

18th January 2010

For 60 years, it has served as one of Nottingham’s most loyally attended arts venues. The composer Vaughan Williams premiered an opera here and, two years ago, Alan Sillitoe launched the stage version of Saturday Night, Sunday Morning in the building. But it has come within a hair’s breadth of closing twice within its recent history.

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The fight to save the Scarborough Futurist hots up

18th January 2010

The cyberspace fight to save the Futurist now numbers 3,000 people. The Save the Futurist Theatre Scarborough group on social networking site Facebook recently got its 3,000th member. Momentum is gathering in the campaign to keep a theatre of its size up and running – the Futurist is the fifth biggest theatre in the country outside London.

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Hull Truck Theatre takes a bow with latest accolade

18th January 2010

Hull Truck’s new home on Ferensway has won another award for its ‘outstanding’ design. The theatre, which opened last April, has now been presented with a Good Mark award by Hull Civic Society. Members liked the building’s easily accessible location, near the city’s new transport interchange, and the fact it had retained the feel of its well-loved old home on Spring Street.

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Tories take note: there's no quick fix for arts funding

18th January 2010

If it’s true that people are happy to donate to theatre, then US-style philanthropy could work. But does it really come for free? blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian Theatre blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Lyn Gardner


No offers yet to buy £1m former Derby Hippodrome theatre

16th January 2010

The owner of Derby’s former Hippodrome theatre has not received any offers to buy the building after putting it on the market last month. London developer Christopher Anthony bought the grade II-listed building for less than £400,000 two years ago but put it up for sale for £1.2m.

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Stars support Belfast’s Lyric Theatre in New York

15th January 2010

A host of international movie stars have turned out in New York to support Belfast’s Lyric Theatre. Liam Neeson hosted the star-studded bash at the Manhattan home of the chairman of the American Ireland Fund. The Lyric Theatre, which has nurtured the talent of some of Ulster’s best loved talent, is undertaking a major fundraising effort for its new home on Ridgeway Street. The event raised almost $400,000 (£250,000).

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