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Cardiff council hopes John Barrowman will help balance New Theatre books

19th September 2009

Council finance chiefs are pinning their hopes of balancing the books at the overspending New Theatre on John Barrowman’s star turn in this year’s pantomime Robin Hood. It is hoped the star’s 72-performance run during December and January will put some much-needed black ink on the culture department’s accounts. Between the New Theatre and St David’s Hall, Cardiff Council has been warned to expect an overspend of £60,000 this year unless 42-year-old Barrowman can work his magic.

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Belfast’s £17.5m arts centre hits delays as government fails to release cash

18th September 2009

Construction of the Metropolitan Arts Centre, the city’s first purpose-built multi-platform arts venue, has been held up because the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has failed to release funding of £10.8 million necessary to allow it to proceed. The delay puts in doubt the ambition to open in 2011 as a new home for the Old Museum Arts Centre.

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Theatre blaze at Stowmarket's Regal

17th September 2009

Residents in Stowmarket had to be evacuated after a fire broke out in the town’s theatre. The fire is thought to have initially started outside the Regal Theatre, in Ipswich Street, at around 10pm but quickly spread to the main building. Six teams of firefighters were called in to tackle the blaze, which engulfed the first floor and roof, although no one was inside at the time.

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Weymouth Pavilion revamp scheme scrapped

17th September 2009

Plans for a £135m redevelopment of Weymouth Pavilion and ferry terminal have been scrapped. The scheme was expected to create 400 jobs and included a refurbished theatre, an hotel, marina berths, and new flats. The plan stalled when developer Howard Holdings went into liquidation and now backers Europa Capital have pulled out despite spending £5m on the plan. The pavilion will remain open while Wymouth and Portland Borough Council decides its next move.

Source: BBC Video & Audio


Futurist plans: will a theatre remain?

17th September 2009

Scarborough’s Futurist could be redeveloped “with or without theatre provision,” it has been revealed. The news comes after Scarborough Council received a massive cash boost to help it buy part of the Foreshore Road site. Regional development agency Yorkshire Forward has handed over more than £400,000 to help Town Hall bosses clinch the deal.

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ATG and Key Brand go head to head for Live Nation theatres

17th September 2009

The bidding war for Live Nation’s UK theatre empire has been narrowed down to two final contenders, with Ambassador Theatre Group and John Gore’s Key Brand Entertainment emerging as the front runners to buy Britain’s biggest theatre operator. The pair are currently the only remaining active purchasers left in the sale process, overseen by investment bank Goldman Sachs.

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Cinema planned for Deal Regent

17th September 2009

Deal’s iconic Regent Bingo Hall could be transformed into a cinema that the town can be proud of if early talks between hopeful tenderers and Dover District Council are fruitful. Former Deal actor George Wood said the plans are in the early stages but could lead to something “really exciting”. He has joined forces with his sister Emily Wood and her husband and business partner, TV presenter Paul Hendy, in putting a case to the district council.

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Bognor's Picturdrome cinema is closed as the bailiffs take control

17th September 2009

Town councillors have begun talks which could see them buy the Picturedrome. The Bognor Regis Town Council members agreed at their meeting on Monday to pursue negotiations with Bognor Pier Co who own the venue. Council projects officer Paul Beckerson said: “The councillors have agreed to consider all options to protect the Picturedrome Cinema, now a Grade II listed building, from unwanted development and its use as an entertainment venue for the town.

Source: Bogner Regis Observer


30-storey tower plan for Manchester Theatre Royal

16th September 2009

Manchester’s historic Theatre Royal could be restored under an ambitious plan that would also bring a 30-storey, five star hotel to the site. Irish property group Benmore is understood to be in discussions with Manchester city council, English Heritage and a major hotel group about the potential development.

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Report critical of Leicester's newest theatre cost

16th September 2009

The cost of building Leicester’s Curve theatre did not represent good value for money, according to an Audit Commission investigation. The project was scrutinised after it went almost £35m over budget. When the theatre plan was unveiled in 2000, it had a budget of £26m with the city directly paying £4.4m. But changing designs and rising costs more than doubled the overall price tag to £61m.

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