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Gloucester theatre roars back into life

7th December 2009

The opening night of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Picturedrome Theatre in Barton was a rip-roaring success. The play opened at the former Olympus theatre, in Barton Street, on Friday and it was packed to the rafters with eager theatre goers.

Source: This is Gloucestershire


NI’s Derry Playhouse reopens after £4.6m revamp

4th December 2009

The Derry Playhouse has re-opened its doors following a £4.6 million refurbishment. Located in two conjoined listed buildings and opened in 1992, work on the 200-seat venue has earned it recognition at this year’s recently announced British Urban Regeneration Association Awards.

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Theatres Trust appoints ECOVENUE Team

4th December 2009

The Theatres Trust today announced the appointment of Tim Atkinson as Theatre Building Services Adviser and Clive Dixon as Finance & Monitoring Officer for ECOVENUE, its new three year programme to provide specialist theatre environmental advice and provide free Display Energy Certificate assessments for 48 small scale theatres in London.

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Letters: How the regions sustain our theatre

4th December 2009

n Mark Lawson’s article (Bravo!, Guardian G2, 2 December) Rupert Goold is quoted as saying: “Regional theatre, sadly, has become moribund.” In the article “Now introducing …”, Rupert Goold is quoted as saying ”... we’re seeing a lot of new, exciting productions in regional theatres”. Mark Lawson appears to take Goold’s view as quoted in his article and further suggests that Sustain grants from the Arts Council reinforces that attitude.

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Show to bring Gloucester theatre back to life

4th December 2009

Tucked away in one of Gloucester’s most culturally vibrant districts, a true hidden gem of the city is waiting to make its biggest comeback yet. The former New Olympus Theatre in Barton Street was bought by businessmen Ash Chavda and Babu Odedra in early 2008. And after almost two years of work on the Picturedrome, a new company is preparing a production to bring the theatre back into the limelight.

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£1.2m price tag for former Hippodrome theatre 'unrealistic'

3rd December 2009

Campaigners wanting to see the former Hippodrome restored as a theatre said its owner’s demands for £1.2m to sell it are “unrealistic”. Christopher Anthony, owner of the Grade II-listed building in Green Lane, yesterday revealed that he planned to sell the former theatre for more than three times the £375,000 he paid for it two years ago.

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Office of Fair Trading opens ATG’s Live Nation merger debate

3rd December 2009

The Office of Fair Trading has opened up its consultation with the theatre industry over Ambassador Theatre Group’s recent £90 million purchase of Live Nation’s UK venues, a deal which made it by far Britain’s biggest theatre operator.

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Derelict Hippodrome theatre put up for sale

3rd December 2009

The Derby Hippodrome at the centre of a development row has been put up for sale by its owner. Two years ago the derelict Hippodrome was bought for £375,000 by London-based businessman Christopher Anthony. The Grade-II listed building suffered serious damage in March 2008 during repair work.

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Leeds City Varieties Music hall restoration to start

3rd December 2009

Building work is due to start on a major project, costing more than £9m, to restore the historic music hall in Leeds to its former Victorian glory. Leeds City Varieties is expected to reopen in 2011, once work is finished on the development that includes restoration of the auditorium, better stage and backstage facilities and a relocated box office.

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Letters: Barry Cinema plea

3rd December 2009

A letter to Barry & District News

Llantwit Major’s Strand Cinema being demolished in 1970 could be a forecast of how Barry’s Theatre Royal Cinema could be lost forever, due to redevelopment or deterioration.

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