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ACE funding gives Liverpool Everyman redevelopment green light

24th July 2009

Liverpool Everyman Theatre’s £28 million redevelopment has been given the go-ahead, after Arts Council England confirmed £12.8 million of investment for the capital project. Management at the venue will now begin detailed design and planning.

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Bournemouth Opera House bought by AMG

22nd July 2009

AMG has acquired the Grade II-listed building on a 25-year lease follows a multi-million pound refurbishment in 2007 by landlords Arnewood Estates. Originally built in 1895 as the Boscombe Grand Theatre, the 1,925-seat venue was re-named the Boscombe Hippodrome during its music hall days and, from the 1970s onwards.

Source: The Stage


New £9m Suffolk dance centre set to open in autumn

21st July 2009

A new £8.9 million dance centre is set to open this autumn. The Jerwood DanceHouse will be based on the site of the old Cranfields Mill in Ipswich and forms part of a larger £70 million regeneration of the area. It is designed by John Lyall Architects, and the centre will occupy a 2,500 square metre site on three floors featuring four studios, including a 200-seat theatre, backstage facilities, pilates and therapy suites, a cafe and new offices for DanceEast. . Source: The Stage


Theatres to bid for Lottery cash to boost heritage training

21st July 2009

Theatres are being encouraged to bid for cash from a £5 million funding pot established by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will enable them to host trainees within conservation schemes and engage the public with the history of their building. From November, venues will be able to apply for funding over a five-year period to pay for traineeships through the Skills for the Future programme.

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ROH vows to work with Lowry over Manchester outpost plans

17th July 2009

Figures leading proposals for a Manchester outpost of the Royal Opera House have committed to working with nearby arts centre the Lowry, after it raised concerns that plans for the rival venue would “destroy” it. According to a feasibility report created by the ROH and Manchester City Council, “progress” has been made with the Lowry in identifying artistic models that will address its concerns.

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Campaign to save theatre in uni's £300m shake-up

17th July 2009

A campaign has been launched to save a Glasgow theatre which gave stars including Dr Who’s David Tennant their first break. Strathclyde Theatre Group believes the Ramshorn Theatre is at risk following a £300million shake-up plan for Strathclyde University’s city centre campus.

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Kings of the West End jungle bid for Live Nation's theatres

15th July 2009

Most of London’s major theatres are owned by chains. So who will buy Live Nation’s portfolio of playhouses – including the Lyceum, home of The Lion King? blogs Mark Shenton in The Guardian.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Mark Shenton


Bognor Regis Picturedrome listed at Grade II

15th July 2009

The Secretary of State, after consulting English Heritage, has decided to list the Bognor Regis Picturedrome at Grade II. The Theatres Trust supported the application for listing as the Picturedrome is notable of exemplifying an entertainment building in a traditional seaside landscape.

DCMS Listing Schedule for the Bognor Regis Picturedrome


Aberdeen Tivoli Theatre restoration plan

11th July 2009

The historic Tivoli Theatre in Aberdeen has a new owner, businessman Brian Hendry, who hopes to spend about £5m over the next three years to restore and reopen it as a theatre. He bought the theatre from builder Tony Donald, who had owned it since 2000. The building, built in 1872, has been deteriorating since it closed its doors for the last time in 1997 – the last live show was in 1966.

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Live Nation to shortlist buyers

10th July 2009

Live Nation is planning to narrow down its list of more than 20 potential buyers for its UK theatres by the end of the month. The entertainment company has opened bidding on its portfolio of 17 UK venues. Suitors include UK theatre operators such as the Ambassador Theatre Group and Qdos Entertainment, foreign-based companies such as Stage Entertainment and Key Brand Entertainment, as well as private equity firms.

Source: The Stage


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