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Millfield Arts Centre relaunched by Portillo

1st October 2009

Former Tory MP Michael Portillo will lend his support to relaunch Millfield Arts Centre, in his old constituency. His will be the first performance at the new-look centre which has reopened following a six-month closure for its £2.5 million makeover funded through grants from Enfield Council and Arts Council England.

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One hundred new jobs at Sheffield theatres

1st October 2009

Up to 100 new jobs are to be created within theatres in Sheffield to tie in with the re-opening of the refurbished Crucible venue. The roles, including 50 front-of-house staff, are based at the city’s Studio, Lyceum and Crucible theatres. Staff who were made redundant when the Crucible was closed for renovation in May 2008 have been invited to apply for the vacancies. The theatre partially opens in November before the new season in February 2010.

Source: BBC News


Chichester leads TMA nominations

1st October 2009

The Theatrical Management Association has announced the nominations for its annual awards, with Chichester Festival Theatre picking up three, including The Stage Award for Special Achievement in Regional Theatre. The winners of the TMA Theatre Awards, presented in association with The Stage, will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Nichola McAuliffe at the Lyric Hammersmith on Sunday, November 1.

Source: The Stage TMA


Fourth round of ACE’s Sustain funding programme announced

1st October 2009

Northampton Theatres Trust, which runs the Royal and Derngate Theatres, has received £940,000 to help it through the recession as part of Arts Council England’s Sustain programme. The one-off grant to the trust, one of ACE’s regularly funded organisations, is worth £200,000 more than the annual subsidy it receives from the funding body.

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Southend Pier restoration by Saville Jones Architects

30th September 2009

Saville Jones Architects has completed the £2.25 million revamp of Southend-on-Sea pier, after it burnt down in 2005. The scheme includes a mini-train station at the southern end of the Grade II-listed structure which will become the alighting point for visitors to a proposed outdoor theatre, one of a number of new buildings for the pier planned by Swedish practice White Arkitekter.

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WWII PoW camp, including a theatre, for sale on eBay

29th September 2009

A former Prisoner of War camp in County Durham is being sold on eBay. The camp hosts an original theatre built by the former inmates and huts containing prisoners’ wall paintings. Harperley camp, near Crook, was turned into a tourist attraction in 2004, but the owners can no longer afford to complete its restoration and hope to sell the site for £900,000.

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RSC theatre's viewing tower added

29th September 2009

A steel viewing platform weighing 20 tonnes has been lifted into place at the top of the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. The feature, part of the £112m redevelopment of the theatre, will provide panoramic views over the town when it opens next year. The new viewing tower is made of 90,000 handmade bricks. It was inspired by the original memorial theatre, which burnt down in 1926.

Source: BBC News


Liverpool students take centre stage with new BSF school theatre facilities

29th September 2009

Work has started on Gateacre Community Comprehensive, one of the most ambitious developments of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme in the city, Gateacre School will boast a 240-seater theatre, cinema and concert hall equipped with the latest lighting and sound systems. “Open the Gate,” the school’s own theatre company, school orchestra, jazz and art groups, will use the facility and it will also be open to the community and local theatre groups. The school is expected to open in September 2011.

Source: Liverpool.gov.uk


Monmouth theatre makes plea for volunteers

29th September 2009

One of the oldest theatres in Wales needs your help to survive, that’s the message from trustees appealing for help. Film enthusiast Sean Purcell, 34, of Monmouth is just one of a handful of part-time volunteers who gives up his evenings to operate the projector helping cinema manager Mike Harrold, 27, screen films at The Savoy Theatre in Monmouth. The team, who desperately need kiosk operators, stewards and fundraisers to work alongside them, are urging local people to get involved.

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Long Eaton theatre gutted by fire six years ago finally restored

28th September 2009

The curtain is finally set to rise at a Long Eaton theatre ravaged by fire six years ago after plans for its restoration were given the go-ahead. The £200,000 project won the backing of Erewash councillors, as planning permission for a new stage, dressing rooms and entrance to the complex, which provides for 15 local groups, was granted.

Source: Derby Telegraph


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