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Adopt-a-puppet to support Norwich Puppet Theatre

26th June 2009

Norwich’s puppets can now be sponsored under a new Adopt-a-Puppet scheme launched by Norwich Puppet Theatre. The scheme is one of several initiatives to raise funds and the profile of Norwich Puppet Theatre, which was left in crisis after it had its Arts Council funding cut in 2008. Plans for the future include renovating the back stage area, putting on the theatre’s own new productions once again and becoming more accessible to new audiences. For more details about the scheme see www.puppettheatre.co.uk or phone 01603 615564.

Source: Evening News 24


Saving theatres from the final curtain

25th June 2009

They’re vital for communities, but many venues are under threat. Find out which buildings are at risk, Mhora Samuel from The Theatres Trust blogs on The Guardian Theatreblog.

Source: The Guardian Theatreblog – Mhora Samuel


Lowry trustees call for ROH Manchester plans to be scrapped

25th June 2009

The plan for a £100 million northern outpost of the Royal Opera House should be scrapped because it is “bad for Manchester, bad for the arts and bad for the taxpayer”, the trustees of the nearby Lowry arts centre have warned. They believe the proposal for a second home for the ROH, which has been put forward by the Covent Garden venue and Manchester City Council, would “destroy” the Lowry and threaten the £116 million of public subsidy already invested in it.

Source: The Stage


The Stage on Experiencing Theatres

25th June 2009

A K Bennett-Hunter picks some moments from the recent Theatres Trust conference, Experiencing Theatres. In the past, the Theatres Trust has set the bar high for what looks like becoming its annual conference. This year it once again cleared that bar with apparent ease with a full and interesting day at the Unicorn Theatre. Contributors came from a refreshing wide range of backgrounds and expertise, from the RSC to Kneehigh and Graeae, from leading architect Steve Tomkins to a couple of teenagers from Waltham Forest, of whom more later…

Source: The Stage


Twist and turns for Royal Opera House North plans

25th June 2009

The saga surrounding the planned new outpost for the Royal Opera House (ROH) in Manchester has taken another twist. The Lowry Arts Centre has said it doesn’t want it in the city. Based-across Manchester from the ROH’s proposed new home in the Palace Theatre in Salford Quays, the Lowry said the scheme would cause ‘unacceptable damage’ to its business model and could scupper its own funding.

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New Buxton theatre could spark £1.5m trade

25th June 2009

Council planners have approved the conversion of the rundown Paxton Suite in Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens into a new arts and events venue. The Paxton Suite was originally built as the Playhouse Theatre in 1889 as part of the Pavilion Gardens complex. The refurbishment will see the creation of a 372-seat auditorium which will be used to stage theatre productions, lectures and conferences. Retractable seating will allow the area to accommodate exhibitions, fairs and meetings, while a smaller 95-seat studio theatre can be created on the stage.

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In Pictures: Theatre Buildings at Risk 2009

24th June 2009

Take a look at some of the buildings on the Theatres’ Trust at risk register , which lists theatre buildings under threat from ruin and demolition in 2009.

Source: BBC News: In Pictures


Historic Manchester venue in line for return to live performance

24th June 2009

Manchester’s oldest surviving performance venue is to get a theatrical revival after 88 years of use as a cinema, bingo hall and nightclub, if proposals by the city’s Library Theatre company are given the green light. The organisation is to enter into discussions with Manchester City Council next month about the possibility of moving into the 164-year-old Theatre Royal building, which is currently leased by the M-Two bar and nightclub.

Source: The Stage


Live Nation theatre empire up for sale

24th June 2009

Live Nation, the UK’s largest theatre operator, has put its entire stock of British theatrical venues up for sale, in a move which could see the biggest overhaul in UK theatre ownership in a decade. The global live entertainment group, which sold its US theatres in a $90 million deal in 2007, is accepting bids for a package of 17 UK venues.

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'At-risk' future for two Lancashire theatres

24th June 2009

Two Lancashire theatres have been named in a survey of being most at risk of falling into disrepair and could face being demolished. The Theatres Trust named Blackpool’s Opera House in the Winter Gardens complex and Burnley’s Empire Theatre in its top 10 of endangered venues.

Source: BBC News


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