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Office of Fair Trading opens ATG’s Live Nation merger debate

3rd December 2009

The Office of Fair Trading has opened up its consultation with the theatre industry over Ambassador Theatre Group’s recent £90 million purchase of Live Nation’s UK venues, a deal which made it by far Britain’s biggest theatre operator.

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Derelict Hippodrome theatre put up for sale

3rd December 2009

The Derby Hippodrome at the centre of a development row has been put up for sale by its owner. Two years ago the derelict Hippodrome was bought for £375,000 by London-based businessman Christopher Anthony. The Grade-II listed building suffered serious damage in March 2008 during repair work.

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Leeds City Varieties Music hall restoration to start

3rd December 2009

Building work is due to start on a major project, costing more than £9m, to restore the historic music hall in Leeds to its former Victorian glory. Leeds City Varieties is expected to reopen in 2011, once work is finished on the development that includes restoration of the auditorium, better stage and backstage facilities and a relocated box office.

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Letters: Barry Cinema plea

3rd December 2009

A letter to Barry & District News

Llantwit Major’s Strand Cinema being demolished in 1970 could be a forecast of how Barry’s Theatre Royal Cinema could be lost forever, due to redevelopment or deterioration.

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Westminster Archives Theatre Collection extends invite to theatre industry

3rd December 2009

Westminster Archives is planning an open evening to increase access to its theatre collections and celebrate the golden age of London theatre on Tuesday 15 December 2009, 5pm – 7pm. This event will act as an introduction to a larger exhibition at the National Theatre gallery in early 2010.

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A golden age for theatre? Yes and no

3rd December 2009

By all means let’s celebrate British theatre, but there’s more to life than London – and we shouldn’t be complacent about the future blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Lyn Gardner


Derby Hippodrome up for sale

2nd December 2009

The developer who bought Derby’s former Hippodrome theatre for less than £400,000 two years ago has put it up for sale for £1.2m. Christopher Anthony said the hefty price tag reflected the debts he built up from repeatedly remortgaging the Grade II-listed building to pay for work he had done to it.

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Is this a new golden age for British theatre?

2nd December 2009

While British film and TV struggle, our theatre scene is booming, with star turns from our greatest actors, and stand-out work from young writers. But can it last? blogs Mark Lawson in The Guarian Theatre Blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Mark Lawson


Theatre Absolute to set up in former Coventry chip shop

1st December 2009

A former fish and chip shop in Coventry is to become the home of professional touring company Theatre Absolute, as part of an Arts Council England-funded scheme to help tackle recession on the high street. For 18 months the empty retail unit will be transformed into a 40-seat theatre, where the organisation will stage a mixed programme featuring premieres of two new shows, staged readings, lunch-time story-telling events and poetry nights.

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Margate’s Tom Thumb to reopen with Christmas show

1st December 2009

Margate’s Tom Thumb Theatre, one of the UK’s smallest venues which was put up for auction earlier this year, is to open its doors for the first time in four years this Christmas. The 60-seat theatre last hosted a show in 2005 and went to auction in April, following the death of its owner Lesley Parr-Byrne, who also ran a drama academy in the building.

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