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Haworth Tompkins and the National Theatre – a great match

23rd September 2009

Why one London architecture firm has become the practice of choice for performing arts organisations blogs Charlotte Higgins in The Guardian.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Charlotte Higgins

Eastwood to stand down as chief of Curve theatre

23rd September 2009

Ruth Eastwood has announced she will stand down as chief executive of Leicester Theatre Trust later this month to focus on her “future personal development”. During her three-year tenure with the organisation, she oversaw the completion and opening of the city’s state-of-the-art £60 million Curve theatre.

Source: The Stage

£10m arts and culture-led regeneration project in the Borders has been officially opened

22nd September 2009

The final phase of a £10m arts and culture-led regeneration project in the Borders has been officially opened by comedian Rory Bremner. The Textile Towerhouse section completes the ambitious Heart of Hawick scheme. The Tower Mill houses a cinema/theatre, the Heritage Hub includes an archive and local history centre, with the Borders Textile Towerhouse celebrating the region’s role in that industry.

Source: BBC News

National Theatre reveals £50 million ‘Master Plan’

22nd September 2009

The National Theatre has revealed the first details of its £50 million ‘Master Plan’ to modernise its Grade II-listed London home. The Master Plan aims to maintain the fabric of the Denys Lasdun-designed building, help develop the organisation’s artistic capabilities, and improve amenities for audiences.

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Crewe to unveil £6m arts and theatre building

21st September 2009

A £6 million arts building and theatre will be officially opened at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Crewe campus next week. The new building, which will be the home to the Axis Arts Centre, and incorporates the university’s Department of Contemporary Arts, a 144-seat theatre studio, a 124-seat dance studio, rehearsal studios, music studios, an exhibition space and a licensed café bar.

Source: Crewe Chronicle

History of the Winchester Theatre Royal

19th September 2009

Behind the Curtain, the book telling the story of Winchester’s theatre Royal, is now available to buy. The book goes through the history of the theatre, from its original life as a hotel, through its revue and cinema years, to the battles against demolition and finally to its present form as a vibrant and beautiful theatre. Co-authored by Phil Yates and Madelaine Smith, it includes many first hand accounts and memories from people who have been involved in the theatre and its preservation through the decades.

Source: Southern Daily Echo

Cardiff council hopes John Barrowman will help balance New Theatre books

19th September 2009

Council finance chiefs are pinning their hopes of balancing the books at the overspending New Theatre on John Barrowman’s star turn in this year’s pantomime Robin Hood. It is hoped the star’s 72-performance run during December and January will put some much-needed black ink on the culture department’s accounts. Between the New Theatre and St David’s Hall, Cardiff Council has been warned to expect an overspend of £60,000 this year unless 42-year-old Barrowman can work his magic.

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Belfast’s £17.5m arts centre hits delays as government fails to release cash

18th September 2009

Construction of the Metropolitan Arts Centre, the city’s first purpose-built multi-platform arts venue, has been held up because the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has failed to release funding of £10.8 million necessary to allow it to proceed. The delay puts in doubt the ambition to open in 2011 as a new home for the Old Museum Arts Centre.

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Theatre blaze at Stowmarket's Regal

17th September 2009

Residents in Stowmarket had to be evacuated after a fire broke out in the town’s theatre. The fire is thought to have initially started outside the Regal Theatre, in Ipswich Street, at around 10pm but quickly spread to the main building. Six teams of firefighters were called in to tackle the blaze, which engulfed the first floor and roof, although no one was inside at the time.

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Weymouth Pavilion revamp scheme scrapped

17th September 2009

Plans for a £135m redevelopment of Weymouth Pavilion and ferry terminal have been scrapped. The scheme was expected to create 400 jobs and included a refurbished theatre, an hotel, marina berths, and new flats. The plan stalled when developer Howard Holdings went into liquidation and now backers Europa Capital have pulled out despite spending £5m on the plan. The pavilion will remain open while Wymouth and Portland Borough Council decides its next move.

Source: BBC Video & Audio

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