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Corby Cube to house sister theatre to Royal and Derngate

23rd February 2010

Northamptonshire’s newest theatre is due to open in October and will work under the same parent company as the Royal and Derngate in Northampton. The new venue, which has not been named yet, will be based in the £31 million Corby Cube development.

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Thornton Little Theatre set for £220,000 revamp

22nd February 2010

The Lancashire Thornton Little Theatre is set to get a £220,000 refurbishment and become the national headquarters for a children’s acting school. Building work includes making a new entrance, foyer and multi-use function room. Building work will start on 1 March. The Paul Nicholas School of Acting will move into the venue.

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Fund raisers aim to save Kenton Theatre

22nd February 2010

A campaign is under way to raise £1.5m to save an Oxfordshire theatre, which is believed to be one of the oldest in the UK. Its management committee wants to buy the freehold from owners, Henley Municipal Charities, to secure its independence. Campaigners from Kenton for Keeps have to raise £350,000 to buy the freehold of the venue by the end of July, and £1.5m over two years.

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Actors get a tour of new Royal Shakespeare Theatre

22nd February 2010

Artistic director Michael Boyd took actors on a tour of the revamped Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Visitors have been taking a last look at renovation work at the company’s theatres. Work is being carried out to transform the Royal Shakespeare and the Swan theatres.

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Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn has 'sell-out' year

22nd February 2010

Bosses at a Shropshire theatre which has been open for a year said most of its shows had been sell outs. Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn opened on 22 February 2009 and its first 20 shows had been completely sold out with extra dates being arranged.

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Page/Park take Glasgow theatre goers ‘from the street to the seat’

22nd February 2010

Page/Park has stated publicly that their recently won commission for Glasgow’s Theatre Royal is all about “the journey from the street to the seat”. The architects are drafting up £8.5m plans for the A listed theatre complex which will incorporate a foyer extension and interior redesign.

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Future of Rhyl's Little Theatre to be decided in court

18th February 2010

The future of the UK’s first purpose-built children’s theatre is set to be decided in court this week. Rhyl’s Little Theatre yesterday started their three-day civil case against Denbighshire County Council in a bid to renew their lease. If they fail at Caernarfon Crown Court, the theatre faces closure. The council is refusing to renew the lease of Rhyl’s Little Theatre on health and safety grounds, fire safety concerns, and a lack of repair work.

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‘Eyesore’ Nelson theatre will be demolished

18th February 2010

An eyesore’ former bingo hall is to be razed despite an eleventh hour bid to prevent its demolition. John Denham, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, rubber stamped Pende Borough Council’s proposals to knock down the former Palace Theatre, in Leeds Road, Nelson, after the plans had been opposed by a number of theatre heritage groups.

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Prince opens refurbished Crucible Theatre in Sheffield

18th February 2010

The Earl of Wessex was joined by a former snooker champion as he officially reopened the refurbished Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. The Crucible, which is famous for hosting the World Snooker Championships, has undergone a £15.3m redevelopment programme.

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How long should theatre last?

18th February 2010

As quick as a gesture, as long as an eternity? While a play can go on for hours, some of the most memorable theatre happens in the blink of an eye blogs Andrew Dickson for The Guardian Theatre blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre blog – Andrew Dickson


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