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Wallsend Borough Theatre listing request denied

27th August 2009

The Theatres Trust submitted a request to English Heritage for an urgent spot listing of the Borough Theatre, Wallsend as the building is currently vacant and is being marketed for demolition. English Heritage, after examining all the evidence submitted and having carefully considered the historic and architectural interest of the case, decided the criteria for listing were not fulfilled.

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Work set to start on Austin-Smith Lord’s Guildford arts complex

25th August 2009

The £26 million arts complex by Austin-Smith Lord, for Guildford Borough Council, will feature a 1,700 capacity auditorium, a 150 capacity studio theatre as well as seminar and conference rooms. The building will also have a biomass boiler fuelled by locally sourced wood chips. Work is due to start later this month with completion scheduled for 2011.

Source: BD Online Guildford Borough Council


Plans unveiled for modern take on The Theatre in Hackney

19th August 2009

Full details of the Tower Theatre Company’s plans to build a £7 million base on the site where Shakespeare’s works were first performed have been submitted to the London Borough of Hackney to demolish a warehouse that occupies the area, to make way for a four-storey theatre designed by Bland, Brown and Cole, the architects behind the Cambridge Arts Theatre.

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Save London’s Theatres Campaign to close down

19th August 2009

Save London’s Theatres Campaign, which during its 37-year history has helped secure the future of more than 20 threatened performance venues across the capital, is to close down this November. The group was launched by Equity activists in 1972 as a direct response to the imminent threat to 16 of the West End’s historic venues – including some of London’s most famous theatres, such as the Lyceum, Coliseum and Garrick.

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Birmingham Hippodrome aims to become international dance centre

18th August 2009

Birmingham Hippodrome, along with long-standing resident companies the Birmingham Royal Ballet and DanceXchange, is laying plans to become an international centre for dance. The three organisations currently run the International Dance Festival Birmingham and the scheme would enable the work of the festival to expand.

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Music hall memorial to be restored

18th August 2009

A London monument to stars from the golden age of music hall is to be restored thanks to a £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money will go towards the refurbishment of the memorial in Streatham Park Cemetery, where hundreds of music hall and variety stars are buried together.

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RSC plans to keep temporary home open for extra two years

18th August 2009

The Royal Shakespeare Company is to apply for planning permission to keep its temporary base in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Courtyard Theatre, open for an additional two years, in order to minimise dark weeks while it moves back into the Royal Shakespeare and Swan theatres.

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Noises off: Theatres need communities more than consumers

18th August 2009

If theatres want a returning audience they must engage with them by fostering a sense of community blogs Chris Wilkinson.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Chris Wilkinson


Are theatres the cathedrals of our age?

17th August 2009

Contemplation and awe seem the most natural responses in the church-like spaces of BAC and Shunt Vaults. It’s hard not to notice the striking similarities between theatre and organised religion: the communal experience, the gathering together in one place to bear witness; finding a space within a crowd to reflect in silence on one’s thoughts; the civic, social and, to an extent, pastoral needs which both can fulfil blogs Andrew Haydon.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Andrew Haydon


Archaeologists unearth remains of Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre

17th August 2009

Part of Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre, dating back to 1662, together with related artefacts, have been uncovered by archaeologists in the Irish city’s Temple Bar area. The excavations are part of an €8m project to reinstate the theatre on its original site, which has been occupied over the years by a church and, most recently, by a Viking adventure centre.

Source: The Stage


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