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British theatre is booming

11th November 2009

Despite the recession and the gloomy predictions of the doom-mongers, the British stage is enjoying the best of times comments Benedict Nightingale in The Times.

Source: The Times


Roman ruins found under Canterbury's Marlowe theatre

11th November 2009

An ancient Roman ruin has been discovered by builders working on the £25.6m redevelopment of the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. The townhouse, thought to date from between the late second and early third Centuries, is believed to have belonged to a wealthy citizen. Experts will examine the remains before the redevelopment work resumes.

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Manchester Palace Theatre’s future as northern base for ROH looks uncertain

11th November 2009

Plans for Manchester’s Palace Theatre to become the northern outpost of the Royal Opera House face uncertainty, following the Ambassador Theatre Group’s £90 million acquisition of Live Nation’s UK theatrical venues. While Live Nation had provisionally agreed for the Palace Theatre to be used by Manchester City Council for the proposed ROH scheme, ATG is yet to decide on the future of the venue.

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ATG moves to calm fears of monopoly in the regions

11th November 2009

Theatre managers and producers had the chance to interrogate the Ambassador Theatre Group about its plans for its new portfolio of theatres, following its £90 million purchase of 16 of Live Nation’s UK venues, which has prompted concerns within the industry that it now holds a near monopoly of the regional touring circuit.

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Chester is a cultural black hole

10th November 2009

Chester has been branded a ‘cultural black hole’ by activists campaigning to bring the arts back to the city. They along with Chester’s MP are preparing for crunch talks later this month in a bid to transform the former Odeon cinema into a thriving arts centre.

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Shunt plans to relocate to new London Bridge venue

10th November 2009

Experimental theatre collective Shunt is laying plans to move into a new venue in the London Bridge area when it leaves its current home this week, after almost six years at the site. The company has been asked to move out of the vaults of London Bridge Station by Network Rail.

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Lanark Memorial Hall in line for £5.6m facelift

10th November 2009

The B-listed Lanark Memorial Hall, which was built in 1925, is set to undergo a £5.6 million facelift and will be repaired and restored by the local authority. South Lanarkshire Council’s Planning Committee have decided that the overhaul should go ahead and two modern extensions to the hall should be demolished.

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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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