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Theatre hope for Hopton church ruins

28th November 2009

A new theatre could be incorporated into the site of St Margaret’s Church ruins in Hopton. A sub-committee behind the regeneration of the 800-year-old Grade II listed church has agreed to pursue a “romantic” option, involving the creation of the 200-seat theatre and facilities for themed fairs, art and craft exhibitions and weddings.

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Hexagon plans still on as council civic centre makes do and mends

27th November 2009

Reading Councillors are ready to say goodbye – for now – to the £50 million new civic offices and consider a make-do and mend plan instead incorporating the Town Hall. The plans to pull down the old Civic Centre and Hexagon and build a new theatre and library complex are expected to be decoupled from the civic office relocation plan and will be progressed “in parallel”.

Source: Get Reading


New interim boss for Leicester's Curve theatre

27th November 2009

Leicester Theatre Trust, which runs Curve theatre, has announced the appointment of an interim chief executive. Pat Weller, will lead the organisation for the period up to August 2010. It is anticipated a permanent chief executive will be appointed for the beginning of September 2010. Pat has been a senior arts manager for over 20 years, most recently as executive director of Manchester’s Royal Exchange.

Source: Leicester Mercury


Newark Palace Theatre Theatre closure a savings option

27th November 2009

Residents are being asked if the closure of the Palace Theatre, Newark, should be considered by Newark and Sherwood District Council as part of its budget discussions. It is among the options raised in a questionnaire it is asking the public to complete.

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Sherman Theatre staff abseil to raise funds

27th November 2009

Staff at one of Cardiff’s top arts venues yesterday embarked on a hair-raising abseil to help fund its multi-million- pound redevelopment. Sherman Cymru workers braved the driving rain and bouts of hailstones to scale the heights of the theatre to raise funds for its £5.7m revamp.

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Goldman steps down as Artistic Director of Soho Theatre

27th November 2009

Soho Theatre has announced that Lisa Goldman will be stepping down as artistic director and joint chief executive in June 2010, after four years in charge. Goldman, who was appointed in 2006, was described today by Soho chairman Nick Allott as having made a “vitally important contribution” to the Dean Street venue at a “key stage in its history”.

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Culture fund to safeguard arts provision in Chichester

26th November 2009

Cash backing from Chichester District Council for the Festival Theatre and Pallant House Gallery may be guaranteed for the next decade. The council’s policy development committee is recommending a £3m ‘cultural fund’ should be set up, from which annual grants would be made to the theatre and the gallery.

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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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