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Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre to be given new lease of life

10th November 2009

The future of one of Scotland’s oldest theatres looks set to be secured after a team of local campaigners and businessmen was selected to run the venue. The Ayr Gaiety Partnership has beat off competition from 11 interested parties to be chosen to operate the Gaiety Theatre. It has also secured a total of £1 million from the Scottish executive and South Ayrshire Council to put towards a £3 million renovation plan for the 106-year-old building.

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Derby Hippodrome campaigners want winter protection

7th November 2009

Supporters of Derby’s former Hippodrome Theatre are applying pressure on the city council to force the owner of grade II-listed buildings to protect it against the winter. Derby Hippodrome Restoration Fund, campaigning to get the building restored to its former glory, said it is concerned severe weather will harm the historic building.

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How I became Queen of the West End...

7th November 2009

Last week Rosemary Squire consolidated her position as the most powerful woman in British theatre. With the £90million acquisition of a rival outfit, the Ambassador Theatre Group, the company she runs with her husband Howard Panter, became the largest theatre operator in the country, eclipsing better-known names such as Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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More than £70,000 of funding to rejuvenate Gloucester theatre

7th November 2009

A theatre in need of some TLC has received more than £70,000 in grants for a spruce up. The Picturedrome in Barton Street has received £50,000 from Gloucestershire County Council and £24,000 from the Gloucester City Conservation Department to improve its youth facilities. Alexander Gifford, Picturedrome artistic director, said the funds were needed to bring the theatre up to scratch.

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Auction failure for Theatre Royal Chatham

5th November 2009

An auction to sell an iconic Medway theatre failed to get a single bidder. The Theatre Royal in Chatham came up for bids at Clive Emson Auctions today – with a starting price of £380,000. But no bidders showed an interest, and the auctioneer refused to budge below that price. Auctioneers admit they’re disappointed that it didn’t sell – despite interest in the £400,000 property.

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Comeback planned for Gloucester's New Olympus Theatre

5th November 2009

Gloucester’s New Olympus Theatre, built in the 1920s, is making a comeback after coming close to dereliction. The venue has been awarded a £74,000 grant to paper over its ageing cracks.

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HQ’s Ockwell appointed as chief executive of Belfast GOH

5th November 2009

HQ Theatres managing director Michael Ockwell has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Grand Opera House, Belfast. Ockwell will take up his new post early next year, taking over from John Botteley, who announced his retirement in June.

Source: The Stage


Money for school theatre trips: Hurrah

5th November 2009

I’m at Shakespeare’s Globe munching cookies and enjoying chat with primary school teachers from nine London boroughs along with education providers. We are here courtesy of John Lyon’s Charity who a year ago sponsored a conference, Working with Young People through theatre: the Primary Stage, and isn’t it great when concerns voiced and aired at a conference actually turn into something concrete? blogs Susan Elkin for The Stage Education and Training Blog.

Source: The Stage Education and Training Blog – Susan Elkin


Final curtain falls on 'little theatre' in Corby

5th November 2009

Bulldozers have moved in to demolish an historic Corby theatre. Full demolition of the Willows Arts Centre began yesterday, with the familiar face of the building in George Street ripped open. It follows clearance of the inside of the building, which has taken place over the past few weeks.The building, which has been Corby’s main theatre for the past 40 years, is shutting to make way for the redevelopment of the town centre.

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New Theatre Royal Portsmouth - let's make it great

4th November 2009

Caroline Sharman Director of the New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, announced ambitious new plans to restore the theatre to its former glory and to incorporate exciting new facilities in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth.

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