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Can theatre do anything about climate change?

9th December 2009

Forget stories about global apocalypse. We need drama that gets real about global warming, from Cockermouth to Copenhagen blogs Steve Waters for The Guardian Theatre blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Steve Waters


Royal Opera House strikes deal with Lowry over Manchester outpost plans

9th December 2009

The Lowry in Salford is to become the northern home of ballet and dance, in a deal that aims to protect its future if plans for a £100 million Manchester outpost of the Royal Opera House go ahead.

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Tasty shortlist drawn up for Glasgow's Theatre Royal revamp

9th December 2009

Scottish Opera has named Caruso St John and Nord Architecture on a five-strong shortlist in the contest to design an extension to the Theatre Royal Glasgow. The practices are joined by Terry Pawson Architects, Tim Ronalds Architects and locally based Page\Park. The victor will oversee a multimillion pound project to improve and increase the public space at the front of the 19th Century theatre – once the home to Scottish television.

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Work begins on £17.5m Belfast Metropolitan Arts Centre

8th December 2009

Construction work on Belfast’s new £17.5 million city-centre arts venue has begun today. In August, Metropolitan Arts Centre chairman Joris Minnie had warned of a damaging five-month delay and potential threat to 420 construction jobs because funds from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure enabling work to begin had not been released.

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OFT asks TMA members if ATG deal damages competition in regions

8th December 2009

Members of the Theatrical Management Association are being contacted by the Office of Fair Trading to canvass opinion about Ambassador Theatre Group’s recent purchase of Live Nation’s UK venues and whether the move could impact negatively on competition in regional theatre. Producers and managers have been sent a series of questions by the OFT, with a particular focus on how ATG’s acquisition of 16 theatres from Live Nation might affect the touring market for major musicals.

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WMC denies claims the rest of Wales isn’t benefiting

8th December 2009

Wales Millennium Centre has refuted claims made by the country’s heritage minister, Alun Ffred Jones, that the Cardiff-based venue is not “servicing the needs” of people across the nation. The minister said the national arts centre, which cost £109 million to build and establish, had an obligation to people across Wales because of the amount of public subsidy it receives. He said the venue was not benefiting the entire country as it should.

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Derby Hippodrome £1.2m price tag is a ‘joke’, say campaigners

8th December 2009

Derby Hippodrome has been put up for sale for £1.2 million, in a move that has been branded “ridiculous” by theatre campaigners. Now Anthony wants to sell the derelict Grade II-listed building for almost triple the amount he paid for it two years ago – a price he claims would cover costs incurred during his ownership. The news has angered local campaigners, who want to see the theatre brought back to life under a £14 million plan.

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Blackpool council to offer £40m for Tower and Winter Gardens

8th December 2009

Blackpool council is preparing a bid, believed to be in the region of £40 million, to buy the resort’s Tower and Winter Gardens from its current commercial operator, so that public money can be used to redevelopment the landmark venues.

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Cheltenham's Everyman one step closer to revamp

8th December 2009

Staff at Cheltenham’s The Everyman are cock-a-hoop after borough council bosses agreed in principle to give them £250,000 and lend them £1 million more. The money, if approved as part of the council’s budget in February, will be used to restore the Regent Street auditorium to its former Victorian glory as part of a £2.5 million scheme.

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Scarborough's Futurist Theatre - three years ago protests worked

8th December 2009

The fate of the Futurist Theatre has been in doubt for the past seven years. In 2006 the council threatened to close and demolish the popular venue for good, and by then the venue had been under threat for some four years. However after more than 1,350 Evening News readers protested against the 2006 plans, the council had a change of mind.

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