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Historic Henley theatre secure

29th January 2010

A landmark deal to secure the future of the country’s fourth oldest theatre has been reached. The Kenton Theatre in New Street, Henley, will be given to the people of the town after the Henley Municipal Charities agreed to sell its stake in the venue. Contracts were signed on the stage, signalling the end of 18 months of talks designed to safeguard the Grade II-listed building from development.

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Revamped Pegasus rising from the rubble

29th January 2010

It may look more like a building site than anything else at the moment, but under the scaffolding, exposed pipework and sections of air-conditioning systems, the new Pegasus Theatre in Oxford is beginning to take shape. The work going on marks the final stages of a £7.4m project to revamp the theatre and create a hub for the community. This week the project reached a “75 per cent complete” milestone.

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Parabola Arts Centre in Cheltenham completes

29th January 2010

Designed by Foster Wilson Architects (formerly Tim Foster Architects) the Parabola Arts Centre completes. The new performing arts centre provides a state-of-the-art 325-seat theatre for The Cheltenham Ladies’ College and the local community. The centre comprises a new building which houses the auditorium linked to a refurbished Grade II* listed villa which provides foyers, backstage and teaching spaces.

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Wimbledon auditorium plans shelved after seven years' planning

28th January 2010

Proposed construction of a 600-seat community auditorium as part of a major redevelopment of Wimbledon town centre has gone to the wall after seven years of planning. he ambitious project, first put forward in 2003, appears destined to fail with the only developer looking to build on council-owned car parks next to the New Wimbledon Theatre and behind Morrisons, expected to pull out.

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West End theatre box offices take £500m in record year

27th January 2010

The West End theatre box office defied the recession to top £500 million for the first time last year. Revenue was 7.6 per cent up on the previous year because of record attendances which passed the 14 million mark for the first time. The 5.5 per cent increase on 2008 made it the seventh consecutive year of growth.

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Dublin's new Grand Canal Theatre

26th January 2010

This is what’s called fancy. The new Grand Canal Theatre is opening in March and already has a whole load of events on offer blogs bngr (bloggers name) on Culch.ie.

Source: Culch.ie blog archive – bngr


Tabard Chit Chat: On a wing and a prayer

26th January 2010

Help can come from the most unexpected of places. Gotham City used to rely on Batman to save it from the forces of evil, but, it seems in Ayr, it’s his small, winged cousins that have flown to the rescue. According to the Ayrshire Post, council chiefs look to be scuppered – at least temporarily – in their plans to demolish the town’s Civic Theatre, because a protected species of bat lives inside the building.

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East 15 theatre school opens new venue in former Southend church

25th January 2010

A former United Reform church in Southend has reopened as a theatre and studios for the East 15 acting school. Clifftown Studios is the result of a £5.5 million renovation of the Grade II listed building for the University of Essex affiliated group. The building now includes a theatre, box office, five workshop studios, dressing rooms, wardrobe department, props making area and cafe. As well as East 15 the venue will also be available for local community use.

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The Theatres Trust invites London theatres to apply for ECOVENUE

25th January 2010

The Theatres Trust announces today that applications are open for theatres in London to apply to participate in ECOVENUE. The unique project has been developed to provide theatre-specific environmental improvement advice to 48 small-to-medium sized theatre and performing arts venues across London.

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Liverpool Royal Court theatre gets new 30-year lease

25th January 2010

Liverpool’s Royal Court theatre is to receive a new 30-year lease from the city council – paving the way for a £10m revamp. The lease on the Grade II listed building ends in January next year, and without an extension, the Royal Court Trust would be unable to raise the money required. Last night officials at the Royal Court said the granting of the lease would allow it to begin the process of raising the money.

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