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Planners back £5m Warwickshire theatre rebuild

8th October 2009

The Loft theatre in Warwickshire is to get a new home after a multi-million pound scheme was approved by councillors. The old venue will be demolished and the new theatre developed using the former United Reform Church nearby in Spencer Street, Leamington Spa. The £5m project is part of £7m scheme funded by Advantage West Midlands and recently approved by Warwick District Council.

Source: BBC News


Plans progress for Skelmersdale college campus' new performance facilities

8th October 2009

The project team for the new £42.8m college in Skelmersdale has re-assembled following the news from the Learning & Skills Council (LSC) that they will support the development. Building work will commence in January 2010 at the site adjacent to Asda and the state of the art, world class facility will boast realistic working environments and a brand new theatre.

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Westminster Theatre delayed until 2011

8th October 2009

Ambitious plans for a multimillion-pound relaunch of the Westminster Theatre have been set back until at least 2011, as planning negotiations continue between the site’s developers and Westminster City Council. Difficulties centre around two stipulations in the original planning permission. These require the developer of the site, which also includes residential apartments, to make an affordable housing payment of £834,000 and to put down a £5 million deposit or bond to finance the fitting out of the theatre.

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Derby Theatre celebrates new era

7th October 2009

The new manager of Derby Theatre, Gary Johnson, has said he is optimistic about the venue’s future whilst talking to BBC News East Midlands Today.

Source: BBC News


Waterford's Theatre Royal reopens after refurbishment

7th October 2009

The Waterford Theatre Royal reopened for business after a long period of extensive restoration work. On the morning of October 1st the first guests arrived and were suitably impressed by what they saw. Opinion was that the design of the building is both beautiful and fresh while maintaining the unique style of the Theatre Royal of old. Wigham/McGrath Architects & Arts Team have done Waterford proud.

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Peterlee's new college theatre adopts famous name

7th October 2009

The daughter of renowned 20th Century architect Berthold Lubetkin, had the honour of opening the new £2m state-of-the-art Lubetkin Theatre at Peterlee’s East Durham College. The theatre was built as part of the new £38 million Peterlee campus. It has a 220-seat auditorium fitted with retractable seating and a de-mountable stage so it can be used for film screenings, presentations, award ceremonies and conferences in addition to theatre and music productions.

Source: Sunderland Echo Peterlee Mail


Stage set for return to fortunes at the Westcliff Palace

6th October 2009

The future is finally looking brighter for a Westcliff theatre after years of struggling. No one was quite sure how to boost the profile of, or audience numbers at, the Palace Theatre, in London Road. Although the Edwardian building remained high in the affections of Southend residents, not enough of them attended productions to keep it thriving. The unexpected turnaround has come since Southend Theatres, which also runs Westcliff’s Cliffs Pavilion, took over management on the council’s behalf.

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New Liverpool school to specialise in arts and sport

6th October 2009

A £30m school being built in Gateacre, Liverpool, is to specialise in the arts and sport. The Gateacre School will boast a 240-seat theatre, cinema and concert hall equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. The school’s theatre company, Open the Gate, and its orchestra, jazz and art groups will use the theatre as their headquarters. The facility will also be open to local community and theatre groups. The school is scheduled to open to pupils in September 2011.

Source: Sports Management


Derby City Council criticised for failing to protect Hippodrome

6th October 2009

Derby City Council has come under fire from local theatre campaigners for failing to protect the city’s beleaguered Hippodrome building. Lobbying group the Derby Hippodrome Restoration Fund has described the local authority as “lacking in backbone”, after it failed to ensure that security fencing was erected around the building by site owner Christopher Anthony.

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Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre in running for £500k HLF renovation grant

6th October 2009

Plans for a £2.5 million renovation scheme at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre have taken a step forward, after the Heritage Lottery Fund announced that the venue is in the running for a £500,000 grant.

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