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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


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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