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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248-seat facility in a bid to put on better productions and concerts, as teachers say the current 150-seat theatre is outdated and too small.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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Regional theatre - the decade in review

5th January 2010

A spirit of resurgence mixed with ongoing uncertainty characterised the state of play in our regional theatres during the Noughties “writes”: Dominic Cavendish for The Telegraph.

Source: The Telegraph Theatre Features – Dominic Cavendish


Colne theatre on centre stage for McDonald’s ad

5th January 2010

The theatre staffed by volunteers in Pendle has been cast into the national spotlight as part of a major advertising campaign. More than 130 actors, cameramen, technicians and support staff descended on the Pendle Hippodrome, Colne, for the two-day shoot for McDonald’s.

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Southsea Kings Theatre hits 900,000 mark

4th January 2010

Another milestone has been passed in the renaissance of the Kings Theatre, Southsea. When Tracey Keysell picked up her tickets for Aladdin she became the 900,000th customer since the historic theatre was saved nine years ago. The panto, which ended its run yesterday, has broken box office records.

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Theatre aims to be world's first all-green auditorium

4th January 2010

The world’s first purpose-built eco-theatre is being planned in London, and could become the benchmark for environmentally sustainable arts venues. Award-winning Arcola Theatre in Dalston has appointed engineering and architectural firm Arup to work on the venue which could be a test-bed for green design.

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Bracknell arts venue has its £135,000 wish granted

3rd January 2010

It was agreed at the Bracknell Town Council full council meeting on Tuesday, December 15, that the council would award South Hill Park a grant of £135,000. Ron McAllister, chief executive of the Birch Hill arts centre, gave a presentation at the council’s meeting in November where it was revealed that South Hill Park will lose £70,000 this financial year.

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Demolition of theatre signals growing pace of £55m Plymouth school rebuild

2nd January 2010

Plymouth’s Bideford College will be knocking down the first of its old buildings next month as its £55 million rebuild starts to take shape. The drama and music departments have moved out of the old theatre earlier this month. The new college coordinator said although the school will be without a theatre for nine months, the end result will be a theatre for 340 people with an education focused facility — not only the school, but for the community as well.

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Liverpool's Neptune theatre to open again after being refurbished

31st December 2009

Plans to restore one of Liverpool’s cultural gems have been unveiled. The historic Neptune theatre closed in 2005 for refurbishment, but remained untouched after a row between Liverpool Council and landlord Hanover Estate Management over rent. Liverpool Council has now submitted plans to restore the 400-seat Edwardian-style theatre in Hanover Street, after the dispute was settled in the summer.

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Stag theatre 25-year lease agreed

30th December 2009

A 25-year lease has been signed to secure the future of an arts venue in Kent which previously closed because of financial problems. The Stag theatre and cinema in Sevenoaks has been transferred to the town council under a long-term deal.

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