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Jeers for Llanelli's new theatre complex scheme

15th October 2009

Not everyone in Llanelli is welcoming news of a new multi- million pound theatre for the town with a standing ovation. Critics say the town already has a fantastic home for the arts in Theatr Elli — it just needs a bit of love and attention, they say, “at a fraction of the cost of a new-build”. The theatre and cinema, which opened in 1938 as an Odeon, was recently awarded grade two listed status by Cadw who described it as “a rare surviving example of its type in Wales”.

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Ambition marches on for Hampstead Theatre's founder

15th October 2009

James Roose-Evans, founder of Hampstead Theatre, isn’t capable of resting on his laurels. At 80 he still has the energy, vision and passion to found a new theatre, titled Small is Beautiful. Roose-Evans was happy to let go of Hampstead Theatre which has now grown so large it depends on corporate funding and co-productions to stage work. He will soon announce the details of his latest theatre venture, Small Is Beautiful in central London.

Source: Ham & High


ATG nears £90m Live Nation theatre deal

14th October 2009

Ambassador Theatre Group is expected to complete the purchase of Live Nation’s UK theatres before the end of October. The deal has not been completed but ATG is now the clear front-runner and is currently in a period of exclusive negotiations with Live Nation. These are due to be finalised within two weeks, but could be extended if an agreement is close.

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Scottish Opera buys land next door to expand theatre

13th October 2009

Scottish Opera has completed the purchase of land adjacent to its Glasgow base, the Theatre Royal, which will allow it to expand and upgrade the theatre at a cost of up to £8 million.

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John Lyall's Ipswich dance centre opens

13th October 2009

John Lyall Architects’ £8.9 million dance centre in Ipswich opened to the public yesterday (12 October 09). The Jerwood DanceHouse is the centrepiece of a £70 million regeneration of the city’s waterfront, and will provide the DanceEast dance company with 2,500sq m of studios, teaching rooms and a 200-seat theatre.

Source: BD Online


Local heroes: the theatre companies who deserve our support

12th October 2009

Now is not the time to get sniffy about the struggles of local theatre companies – they are the artistic epicentres of their communities blogs Paul Allen for The Guardian.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Paul Allen


Scarborough open air theatre plans receive council funding boost

12th October 2009

Scarborough Borough Council has agreed to fund the £3.5m construction of the 6,500-seat new open air theatre, scheduled to open in August 2010, using a surplus from the first stage of the town’s Sands development. The council has also reached an agreement with Apollo Resorts and Leisure to operate the venue as part of a 25-year deal, subject to the resolution of legal issues.

Source: ISPAL


Culture minister visits Bristol Old Vic

9th October 2009

Minister for Culture and Tourism Margaret Hodge was given a tour of the King Street theatre by the new management team as part of a tour of the city’s cultural attractions. They showed Mrs Hodge the 18th century building, which underwent a programme of renovation work while it was closed last year. It had faced a prolonged period of uncertainty until the Arts Council confirmed it would renew funding for the theatre in 2008. The theatre now has £2.6m of Arts Council funding for the next three years.

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Final curtain for Eccles Crown Theatre

9th October 2009

The Crown Theatre on Liverpool Road, Eccles is to finally face demolition after being closed for the past fifteen years. P.B.M. and Sons Demolition in charge of the contract have said that the frontage of the building, which is Grade II Listed, will be retained along with part of the returning wall to Mather Road, the rest of the building will then be demolished along with a house on Mather Road and the adjoining garage workshop.

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Cash appeal launched for Rossendale Theatre’s redevelopment

9th October 2009

East Lancashire residents are being asked to play a part in the Ramsbottom Theatre Royal. The Summerseat Players need to raise more funds towards their £400,000 redevelopment currently under way. They have raised half the money, helped by a £25,000 Arts Council Lottery Grant. Now they are asking people to help raise the rest of the cash by making a donation and becoming a ‘Summerseat Star’.

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