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Finishing touches for Chapter Arts Centre

26th September 2009

Builders are putting the finishing touches to Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, formerly Canton High School, and a top creative duo has been named to decorate the cafe, bar, cinema box offices and new workspaces. Chapter’s revamp includes new front and back entrances, a more obvious box office and new theatre. The design will be officially unveiled on Tuesday, October 20.

Source: Wales Online


Borehamwood theatre nears completion

26th September 2009

Prep for the opening gala evening of Borehamwood’s new theatre, The Ark, have started this week as it is announced building work is almost complete. Finishing touches are being carried out over the coming weeks with the main building work for the 250-seat theatre now complete in time for the official opening in November. Rehearsals are taking place for the opening which will involve 300 performers from more than 15 community groups.

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What next for Hackney Empire?

25th September 2009

Hackney Empire is to close for nine months in January while the board reconsider its direction. But what kind of theatre should it be offering? blogs Mark Shenton in The Guardian.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Mark Shenton


Ruth Eastwood leaving the Curve

25th September 2009

Ruth Eastwood’s announcement that she is leaving less than a year after the £61m Curve theatre opened to the public is reported in the Leicester Mercury and The British Theatre Guide. After three years in the job Ruth Eastwood has announced she is standing down “to take some time for myself and focus on my future personal development”.

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Objectors lose fight to save Bradford Odeon

24th September 2009

Campaigners battling to save Bradford’s historic Odeon cinema were handed a crushing blow last night as planning bosses voted in favour of proposals to demolish the iconic building. The former cinema and theatre will now be transformed into a mixed-use development comprising a hotel, bars and cafés.

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We need theatres, not soulless multiplexes

24th September 2009

In a wave of expensive refurbishments, we must be careful to preserve our theatres’ unique spirit blogs Steve Waters in The Guardian.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Steve Waters


Hampstead Theatre founder's big idea

24th September 2009

At Hampstead Theatre’s golden jubilee celebrations its founder, James Roose-Evans, announced he is about to launch a “small is beautiful” theatre in the West End – at the age of 82. His colleagues in this venture are Charles Stephens, producer, and Norman Coates, designer. At an imminent press conference he hopes to be able to give the details of this new theatre and also the details of its first season.

Source: Camden New Journal


Chester could become home to replica of Shakespeare’s historic Rose Theatre

24th September 2009

Chester is one of the leading contenders to become the home of a replica of Shakespeare’s famous Rose Theatre. It has however been emphasised that bidding for The Rose would make no difference to the city’s plans to site its own state of the art venue on the Little Roodee. A feasibility study is currently under way with regard to proposals for a £30m theatre and conference centre and the authority recently announced plans to enhance the appeal of Chester’s Roman amphitheatre as an open–air performance venue.

Source: Chester Chronicle


Hackney Empire to close in January

24th September 2009

Hackney Empire is set to go dark in January for at least nine months due to financial difficulties, The venue will continue to operate a full programme until the end of its pantomime in early 2010, before winding up its main house operation “for a period of reflection”. It plans to reopen for the following year’s pantomime.

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Georgian Theatre Royal’s ex-chairman dies

24th September 2009

Lady Sylvia Crathorne, chairman of the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, has died following a long battle against cancer. Chairman of its Trust from 1996 until July 2009, Crathorne led the project to restore and develop the North Yorkshire theatre, which was successfully completed when it reopened in 2003.

Source: The Stage


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