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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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Bats could save Ayr’s Civic Theatre from demolition

15th January 2010

Bats could save Ayr’s Civic Theatre from being demolished. The animals, which are a protected species, are believed to be roosting inside the building. Now council chiefs could be scuppered in their bid to flatten the landmark building. Experts have revealed that the area surrounding the Civic is already populated with bats. If the survey uncovers evidence of the bats, demolition would be delayed until at least the end of the year.

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Manchester’s Library Theatre prepares for its final season in its familiar home

14th January 2010

The first North West regional production of David Mamet’s drama Glengarry Glen Ross and a revival of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest are two of the highlights of the Library Theatre Company’s spring 2010 season in Manchester. It will be an historic season for the theatre, as it will be the company’s last in its home for 58 years, the Central Library in Manchester city centre, which opened in 1952 with a production of The Importance of Being Earnest.

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No happy ending for Edinburgh King's Theatre as refit plans scaled back

14th January 2010

The long-awaited refurbishment of the King’s Theatre is to be drastically scaled back as part of plans by city council chiefs to slash spending by £25 million. The Liberal Democrat/SNP administration had pledged £6m within its first budget to help kick-start a proposed £12m revamp of the century-old venue. But it was confirmed that council funding for the project is set to be slashed to a maximum of £2m.

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