The Theatres Trust

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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The Rose - The Globe's elder sister

6th January 2010

Christmas time is traditionally the season of panto and theatre – yet when we think of our theatrical history we often think first of all of Shakespeare’s Globe, but what about her resplendent sister The Rose…it once sat gregariously on the banks of the Thames, leering out at passing puritans and displaying its dazzling wares for all to wonder at. It was the beating heart of Southwark’s thriving den of vice, sitting 400 yards down the riverbank from The Globe.

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Worcester School gets go-ahead to demolish old theatre for new £6m theatre

6th January 2010

A Worcester school is to demolish its existing theatre and replace it with a new £6 million performing arts centre. The Royal Grammar School Worcester wants to build a new 248-seat facility in a bid to put on better productions and concerts, as teachers say the current 150-seat theatre is outdated and too small.

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New plans may see Carlisle theatre in place by 2013

5th January 2010

Carlisle could have a purpose-built theatre and arts centre by 2013, says city council leader Mike Mitchelson. Arts consultants Roger Lancaster Associates is working on plans for a theatre/arts centre as part of the University of Cumbria’s new campus in Viaduct Estate.

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