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Pegasus' Theatre auction banks on pedal power

24th October 2009

More than 40 lots – including a replica Mini pedal car – will go under the hammer to help the Pegasus Theatre in Magdalen Road. It will be hosting an ‘Auction for Change’ next month. Auction organisers are hoping to raise between £5,000 and £10,000 towards their £200,000 ‘Create for Change’ campaign, to pay for new workshops and projects following the theatre’s reopening.

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Southend New Empire owner drops plan for kids play centre

24th October 2009

Businessman Richard Shea has announced he is ditching plans to open a children’s entertainment centre at the New Empire Theatre in Southend. Mr Shea has now put the building, which dates from 1896 but has been extensively altered, on the market. Offers in the region of £1.15million are being invited for the prime town centre site.

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Yorkshire College's delight at theatre reopening

23rd October 2009

Students at Yorkshire Coast College have been making a song and dance after its theatre was given a makeover. The theatre at the college’s Westwood campus, in Valley Bridge Parade, was officially reopened after work during the summer to install new seating and carpets.

Source: Scarborough Evening News


Royal launch for Bath theatre appeal

23rd October 2009

The Duchess of Cornwall has officially launched an appeal to raise £1.25 million to revamp Bath’s Theatre Royal. The duchess paid a visit to the 200-year-old venue to raise awareness of the need for funding and take in its latest show. The work, which is due to start next spring, will be the first restoration project in the theatre’s main house since 1979.

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Proposal for new Welsh ballet school and theatre still under consideration

23rd October 2009

Discussions about a £3 million proposal to transform a disused Welsh college campus into a ballet school and theatre are set to continue despite being twice rejected by the site’s owners, Coleg Gwent. The Abergaveny-based college has invited the nearby Ty’r Morwydd Environmental Study Centre to further talks about its plans for the 80-room Hill Education and Conference Centre which was closed in August.

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HMRC issue new guidelines on VAT claims for theatre production costs

22nd October 2009

New guidelines on VAT due on production costs have been issued by HM Revenues and Customs following a tribunal ruling in May that saw £250,000 re-paid to Garsington Opera.

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Memory remains of Leigh Theatre Royal

21st October 2009

The architects of the Lord Street apartments built on the site of the former Leigh Casino/Theatre Royal were given loads of stick over the modern blue brick building which got tagged Cell Block H. But Leigh’s Adactus Housing Group which owns Reuben’s Court deserve praise for their display of the old “Theatre Royal” stone salvaged from the demolition of the Victorian building.

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Stevenage theatre to be demolished and rebuilt to double capacity

20th October 2009

The dilapidated Lytton theatre is to be pulled down and rebuilt with twice the seating capacity of the original building. Plans approved by Stevenage Borough Council last week include knocking down the 80-seat venue and erecting a replacement theatre with a stage, auditorium, front-of-house facilities, workshop, prop store, wardrobe store, green room and changing rooms. The new building – part single and part two storey – will have capacity for 162 seats, and car parking spaces will be increased from 23 to 27.

Source: Stevenage Comet


Window on Nottingham's Victorian entertainments

20th October 2009

An online time machine has been produced to reveal the entertainment scene in Nottingham over 100 years ago. A website called ‘Mapping the Moment’ has been created by experts on theatre history and academics from the University of Nottingham. They have delved into the city’s Victorian archives to produce the interactive window on the past following a £290,000 grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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Apollo’s Gregg acquires Scarborough Open Air Theatre

20th October 2009

Paul Gregg, founder and chairman of Apollo Resorts and Leisure has reached an agreement with Scarborough Borough Council to run the town’s 6,500-seat historic amphitheatre, which is due to undergo a multimillion pound redevelopment programme after laying dormant for more than two decades.

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