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Stevenage theatre to be demolished and rebuilt to double capacity

20th October 2009

The dilapidated Lytton theatre is to be pulled down and rebuilt with twice the seating capacity of the original building. Plans approved by Stevenage Borough Council last week include knocking down the 80-seat venue and erecting a replacement theatre with a stage, auditorium, front-of-house facilities, workshop, prop store, wardrobe store, green room and changing rooms. The new building – part single and part two storey – will have capacity for 162 seats, and car parking spaces will be increased from 23 to 27.

Source: Stevenage Comet


Window on Nottingham's Victorian entertainments

20th October 2009

An online time machine has been produced to reveal the entertainment scene in Nottingham over 100 years ago. A website called ‘Mapping the Moment’ has been created by experts on theatre history and academics from the University of Nottingham. They have delved into the city’s Victorian archives to produce the interactive window on the past following a £290,000 grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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Apollo’s Gregg acquires Scarborough Open Air Theatre

20th October 2009

Paul Gregg, founder and chairman of Apollo Resorts and Leisure has reached an agreement with Scarborough Borough Council to run the town’s 6,500-seat historic amphitheatre, which is due to undergo a multimillion pound redevelopment programme after laying dormant for more than two decades.

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Muldoon lobbies for open debate on Hackney Empire

20th October 2009

Former Hackney Empire chief executive Roland Muldoon has called for an “open review” into the proposed closure of the historic north-east London variety theatre.

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Tower’s £7m build on Shakespearean site The Theatre approved

20th October 2009

Tower Theatre Company’s proposals to recreate Elizabethan playhouse The Theatre have taken a step forward, after the organisation was granted planning permission to build a £7 million performance venue on the site in east London where Shakespeare’s works were first performed.

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Gwynedd Theatre among £120m grant awards

20th October 2009

Read more at BBC News
Gwynedd Theatre among £120m grant awards
Published: 20 October 2009


Is the live theatre experience dying?

19th October 2009

Attendance numbers at the theatre are up. But with recorded media creeping into plays everywhere, it’s increasingly hard to find a pure live experience blogs Matt Trueman for The Guardian Theatre blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Matt Trueman


Rocky start for reopening of Carmarthen's Lyric

19th October 2009

The decision to reopen the Lyric in Carmarthen with a screening of the first Rocky film has left some people far from knocked out. During the past six months the theatre has undergone a £1.6m refurbishment. The renovated venue will be launched with the 1976 movie, along with a performance by three Scottish tenors and a 1923 silent film. It had been planned to open on 22 October with a Welsh language production of the Wizard of Oz but the theatre will not be ready in time.

Source: BBC News


Arts centre set for former St Albans bookshop site

18th October 2009

A city centre book shop is to be transformed into a community arts venue by one of the county’s leading theatre companies. The former Paton Books store on Holywell Hill, which was vacated more than two years ago, will become the new home of the theatre company OVO. The theatre space will be small (35 seats) .

Source: The Herts Advertiser


Half way stage for Oxford Pegasus

16th October 2009

Work to build a new community theatre and performing arts centre in Oxford, which is to replace the old Pegasus Theatre, has now reached the half-way mark. Nikki Mitchell BBC News Oxford Today takes a look.

Source: BBC News


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