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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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Swan Theatre boss unveils £2.5 million revamp

18th November 2009

Proposals to rebuild the Swan Theatre studio were revealed as civic dignitaries and supporters of the arts were celebrating the refurbishment of the Swan’s main house theatre. Worcester Live will need at least £2m to knock down the existing studio, which sits next door to the main Swan Theatre, and replace it with a modern three-storey building.

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NT confirms details of £50 million ‘Master Plan’

18th November 2009

The National Theatre has confirmed the initial details of its £50 million plan to modernise its Grade II-listed London home. The scheme, designed by architects Haworth Tompkins, will aim to improve the “transparency” of the building. The NT aims to complete the design for the first phase of the development by the end of the year, and will submit a planning application next summer.

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Can recession resuscitate our theatre?

17th November 2009

The affluent days of government grants could end with the election – just the thing to give teeth to our idling arts sector blogs Patrick Marmion for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Patrick Marmion


Setback for Morecambe theatre revamp scheme

17th November 2009

Plans to restore a Grade II-listed theatre building in Lancashire have suffered a setback. The project to restore the Morecambe Winter Gardens theatre missed out on funding from a government programme to regenerate seafront areas. Campaigners had applied for a £4m grant towards the £12.8m cost of re-opening the historic building.

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Students and drama groups campaign to save Glasgow’s Ramshorn Theatre

17th November 2009

Students and actors are protesting after the University of Strathclyde revealed it is planning to close Glasgow’s Ramshorn Theatre as part of a scheme to “reduce the size of its estate” and refocus its resources on becoming a leading technological centre. The theatre is based within the 1720-built Ramshorn Church in the centre of Glasgow – known as the Merchant City – and serves as home to the university’s Drama Centre and local performance company the Strathclyde Theatre Group.

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Teesdale's Shakespeare theatre folly plan approved

17th November 2009

Planning officers have approved a businessman’s plan to turn an old bullring into a mini-Globe Theatre. The businessman wants to transport the bullring from Tow Law and re-build it at Cross Lanes, off the A66. The structure, which is listed and currently surrounded by housing, would be restored and adapted.

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Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal plans £4m fund-raising drive for major redevelopment

17th November 2009

Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal is laying plans to launch a fund-raising drive to secure £4 million to finance a major redevelopment scheme. The theatre hopes to expand the stage in its Frank Matcham-designed auditorium, to increase its capacity from 500 to 700 seats, and to improve backstage facilities. It is part of a wider £20 million capital scheme being undertaken by the university, under which its School for Arts, Film and Media will also be moved on to the plot of land

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