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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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Fears for flagship Glasgow Citizens'

14th January 2010

It is one of the iconic names in Scottish theatre: a flagship venue for national talent and a cultural hub in one of the most famous locations in Glasgow. However, the Citizens’ Theatre in Glasgow is facing an uncertain financial future with doubt over its £450,000 annual grant from Glasgow City Council and its director claiming that the city, arts chiefs and parts of its audience “take it for granted”.

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Edward Hall named Hampstead Theatre’s new artistic director

13th January 2010

Edward Hall has been appointed the new artistic director of Hampstead Theatre, taking over from the current Anthony Clark at the end of this month. He told The Stage that, after nearly two decades working as a freelance director, he was looking forward to being able to focus his “creative energies” in one place.

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Can Edward Hall breathe new life into Hampstead Theatre?

13th January 2010

Hampstead theatre’s new artistic director has his work cut out to revive ticket sales and flagging fortunes. But it can be done blogs Alistair Smith for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Alistair Smith


Isle of Wight theatres' futures to be decided

13th January 2010

It will be judgment day for the Isle of Wight theatres next Tuesday 19 January, with ruling Isle of Wight councillors expected to confirm the closure of Shanklin Theatre and agree the freehold sale of Ryde Theatre for £200,000.

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A brief history as Harrogate Theatre celebrates its 110th anniversary

13th January 2010

Queen Victoria was still on the throne when Harrogate Theatre first opened its doors to the public as the Harrogate Grand Opera House, 110 years ago. The opening night on 13 January 1900 saw a charity performance, for soldiers fighting in the Boer War.

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