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Petition aims to save Foxlowe for a cultural future

4th September 2009

Campaigners fighting to turn a town centre landmark into a theatre, cinema and heritage centre aim to collect 1,770 signatures – to represent the year the building was first opened. A mystery benefactor has already offered £50,000 to ensure the Grade II-listed Georgian hotel can remain at the heart of the community.

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Isherwood resigns as Wales Millennium Centre chief executive

4th September 2009

The Wales Millennium Centre has announced that Judith Isherwood is to stand from her role as chief executive, after more than six years at the Cardiff venue. Isherwood joined the WMC in March 2003, during the construction phase of the £106 million building. She was also a trustee of Creative and Cultural Skills and chair of CC Skills’ Wales committee.

Source: The Stage


In praise of… the Theatre by the Lake

4th September 2009

As seen in The Guardian Editorial and Reply
Part of a dramatic landscape both real and metaphorical, Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake is celebrating its first decade alongside the lapping waters of Derwent Water. No other theatre in Britain sits in such a splendid spot, between the woods and the water, the peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra and fields of grazing Herdwick sheep.

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Oldham Coliseum secures lottery funding to develop youth offering

2nd September 2009

Oldham Coliseum Theatre has been awarded more than £200,000 to start a new three-year project aimed at supporting young people living near the venue. The money, totalling £204,629, has been awarded by the Big Lottery Fund. It will allow Oldham Coliseum to initiate The Growing Stage, a project focused on ensuring young people can influence the development of opportunities available to them at the theatre.

Source: The Stage


Theatre bar planned down by Sheffield Riverside

31st August 2009

A Sheffield pub is to become to the city’s first ‘theatre-bar’ – with plans for a 100-seat auditorium to be built next to the property. The Riverside Cafe Bar has been bought by charitable organisation Point Blank Theatre Company, which has big plans to turn it into the region’s premier live arts and entertainment venue.

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Farnham town centre revamp moves closer

29th August 2009

Planning permission has been issued for Farnham’s East Street scheme. The development will include demolition of the Redgrave Theatre, which has been empty since 1998. Waverley Borough Council said it had signed legally binding agreements with Surrey County Council and the developer Crest Nicholson and Sainsbury’s. Plans are to start demolishing buildings on the site in September.

Source: BBC News


Python star backs Colwyn theatre's plea

28th August 2009

Monty Python star Terry Jones has backed calls for a theatre in his home town Colwyn Bay to receive £1.25m funding for refurbishment. The comedian wrote a letter in support of Theatr Colwyn, Conwy, which he said needed bringing into the 21st Century. The theatre applied for funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s North Wales Coastal Strategic Regeneration Fund.

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Bid to move Workington's tourist information into Carnegie Theatre

28th August 2009

Workington’s tourist information centre will move into the Carnegie Theatre if Allerdale council can find someone to buy or rent its current premises at 21 Finkle Street. The council agreed on Wednesday to put the current tourist information centre building on the market, along with empty building 1 Fearon Place.

Source: Times & Star


Businesses joining fight to save Bognor's Picturedrome

28th August 2009

Business leaders in Bognor Regis have spoken out against plans to replace the cinema/theatre. Bognor Pier Company, owner of the Picturedrome building, has submitted a planning application to the district council to convert the 400-seat main auditorium to three flats. It has also submitted a listed building consent – after the Picturedrome became a Grade II listed building last month –for the conversion and enlargement work.

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Wigglesworth to transform Livesey Museum into community theatre

27th August 2009

Sarah Wigglesworth Architects has been hired to draw up plans to transform the former Livesey Museum for Children in south London into a new base for a community theatre. Theatre Peckham is to take over the building.

Source: BD Online Theatre Peckham Press Release


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