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London unveils rival summer theatre festival

25th November 2009

London will go head to head with Edinburgh next year when a major new fringe festival is held in the capital for the first time. The London Festival Fringe will run from August 6 until August 30, putting it in direct competition with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and will showcase work from across the world, covering music, theatre, comedy, poetry and film.

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A London fringe festival? I don't think so

24th November 2009

Plans for a London fringe festival to coincide with Edinburgh next year are impractical and ill-mannered, but a one-off event around the 2012 Olympics might work well blogs Veronica Lee for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Veronica Lee


Could Elephant & Castle be the new South Bank? Southwark hosts culture conference

24th November 2009

Southwark Council’s culture supremo set out his vision for an arts-led regeneration of Elephant & Castle at a conference last week, but the council has admitted that a deal to provide Southwark Playhouse with a new theatre has fallen through.

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Green light for Victoria Palace Theatre’s redevelopment scheme

24th November 2009

Plans for a multi-million redevelopment scheme at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre have been given the go-ahead. Westminster City Council decided to give the 1550-seat theatre planning consent to undertake a major modernisation project, which will include an extension to the stagehouse and new dressing room facilities.

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Sea Change funding sparks Margate Dreamland redevelopment

24th November 2009

A multi-million pound redevelopment of Margate’s Dreamland leisure park is to proceed after receiving a major financial boost from the government. The project, led by the Dreamland Trust, and has received £3.7 million from the government’s Sea Change programme.

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New Chapter Arts Centre one of Cardiff's gems

21st November 2009

One of Europe’s major venues for artists and performers is about to relaunch following a facelift. Janek Alexander, director of Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre, tells Karen Price about the changes.

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Advisers picked for £22m Liverpool theatre rebuild

20th November 2009

The Liverpool & Merseyside Theatres Trust has named three consultants in its team for the redevelopment of the Everyman and refurbishment of the Playhouse theatres in Liverpool.

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Lowestoft's Marina is 'jewel in crown'

20th November 2009

Senior management at Waveney District Council hit back this week over claims that the Marina Theatre, in Lowestoft, has an uncertain future following a reduction in the number of shows for the new 2009/10 programme. They said that the theatre is still regarded as their “jewel in our crown” and that a number of options were being investigated to ensure its continued success.

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The second stage of Stratford's RSC theatres

19th November 2009

Birmingham Post Arts Editor Terry Grimley looks at the transformation of the RSC’s theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Source: Birmingham Post


OFT investigates ATG Live Nation purchase

19th November 2009

Ambassador Theatre Group’s £90 million purchase of Live Nation’s UK theatres is being investigated by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), in a move that will prevent the two businesses being fully integrated until early 2010. The OFT has issued ATG with “initial undertakings” – a binding agreement which means it has to continue to operate the Live Nation venues as a separate entity, while the OFT investigates any issues which might have arisen from the acquisition.

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