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NT confirms details of £50 million ‘Master Plan’

18th November 2009

The National Theatre has confirmed the initial details of its £50 million plan to modernise its Grade II-listed London home. The scheme, designed by architects Haworth Tompkins, will aim to improve the “transparency” of the building. The NT aims to complete the design for the first phase of the development by the end of the year, and will submit a planning application next summer.

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Can recession resuscitate our theatre?

17th November 2009

The affluent days of government grants could end with the election – just the thing to give teeth to our idling arts sector blogs Patrick Marmion for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Patrick Marmion


Setback for Morecambe theatre revamp scheme

17th November 2009

Plans to restore a Grade II-listed theatre building in Lancashire have suffered a setback. The project to restore the Morecambe Winter Gardens theatre missed out on funding from a government programme to regenerate seafront areas. Campaigners had applied for a £4m grant towards the £12.8m cost of re-opening the historic building.

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Students and drama groups campaign to save Glasgow’s Ramshorn Theatre

17th November 2009

Students and actors are protesting after the University of Strathclyde revealed it is planning to close Glasgow’s Ramshorn Theatre as part of a scheme to “reduce the size of its estate” and refocus its resources on becoming a leading technological centre. The theatre is based within the 1720-built Ramshorn Church in the centre of Glasgow – known as the Merchant City – and serves as home to the university’s Drama Centre and local performance company the Strathclyde Theatre Group.

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Teesdale's Shakespeare theatre folly plan approved

17th November 2009

Planning officers have approved a businessman’s plan to turn an old bullring into a mini-Globe Theatre. The businessman wants to transport the bullring from Tow Law and re-build it at Cross Lanes, off the A66. The structure, which is listed and currently surrounded by housing, would be restored and adapted.

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Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal plans £4m fund-raising drive for major redevelopment

17th November 2009

Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal is laying plans to launch a fund-raising drive to secure £4 million to finance a major redevelopment scheme. The theatre hopes to expand the stage in its Frank Matcham-designed auditorium, to increase its capacity from 500 to 700 seats, and to improve backstage facilities. It is part of a wider £20 million capital scheme being undertaken by the university, under which its School for Arts, Film and Media will also be moved on to the plot of land

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Can quirky West End theatres survive?

16th November 2009

London’s old-fashioned venues are cramped and uncomfortable, but for a dying breed of a hardy theatregoer, that’s all part of the fun blogs Molly Flatt for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Molly Flatt


People urged to support Sevenoaks Stag or lose it

16th November 2009

The Stag Community Arts Centre has been given a new lease of life after a long-term management deal was reached. Under the new agreement the theatre and cinema venue will be transferred from the control of Sevenoaks District Council to Sevenoaks Town Council for 25 years at a “peppercorn rent” for the first five years.

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The dramatic revival of Britain's regional theatres

15th November 2009

The story of regional theatre in recent years has been bleak, with some of Britain’s oldest venues facing closure. But as Kate Kellaway discovers, a new crop of creative directors are making local heroes of themselves.

Source: The Observer


When did it all go right for regional theatre?

15th November 2009

Redevelopment at Sheffield’s Crucible, blue-sky thinking for Bristol Old Vic, and now even Stephen Daldry wants to run one … Are Britain’s theatres on the verge of a new golden age? blogs Kate Kellaway for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Kate Kellaway


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