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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


Scottish High street revamps secure Town Centre funds

13th November 2009

Projects aimed at revamping 41 high streets have been awarded funding from the Scottish government’s Town Centre Regeneration Fund. Brechin, Stornoway, Kilmarnock and Clydebank will receive the largest shares. Communities in Moray, Borders and West Lothian will also benefit. Projects include setting up open air entertainment venues, soft play centres for children, town hall and theatre upgrades and sites for weekend markets.

Source: BBC News


Noises off: Does theatre have a hope?

12th November 2009

This week, theatre bloggers ponder the death of stage utopianism, whether life is actually better live and the launch of a new UK theatre database blogs Chris Wilkinson for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Chris Wilkinson


Making a scene: the world of theatre design

12th November 2009

On the day the Linbury prize for stage design names its winners, theatre designer Nick Ormerod blogs about his mysterious and often overlooked craft for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Nick Ormerod


'Desperate measures' for Blackburn theatre's fundraising campaign

12th November 2009

Bosses at Thwaites Empire Theatre are resorting to ‘desperate measures’ to raise money to replace two roofs. Treasured artwork specially donated in 2002 is being sold among other lots for the Empire100 ‘Raise the Roof’ Appeal, to replace roofs on the performing arts centre and the theatre. A total of £100,000 is needed for the project which will also see the mezzanine floor of the performing arts centre raised to create more studio and storage space.

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Hebden Bridge Little Theatre gets go-ahead for £50,000 extension

12th November 2009

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre has been granted planning permission for a £50,000 extension. Another floor will be built above the existing bar area to provide extra dressing room space, storage for costumes and props, rehearsal and letting space and improved toilet facilities.

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Audiences called to the bar at Chorley Little Theatre

11th November 2009

Chorley’s Little Theatre has been given a new lease of life with finishing touches being made to a £100,000 refurbishment. The future of the Dole Lane theatre was cast into doubt when builders deemed the historic building’s roof unsafe in March. But now a new bar area has been opened to the public, signalling an end to the emergency repairs which forced the theatre to close.

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British theatre is booming

11th November 2009

Despite the recession and the gloomy predictions of the doom-mongers, the British stage is enjoying the best of times comments Benedict Nightingale in The Times.

Source: The Times


Roman ruins found under Canterbury's Marlowe theatre

11th November 2009

An ancient Roman ruin has been discovered by builders working on the £25.6m redevelopment of the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. The townhouse, thought to date from between the late second and early third Centuries, is believed to have belonged to a wealthy citizen. Experts will examine the remains before the redevelopment work resumes.

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