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Derby Hippodrome campaigners launch £14m rescue plan

15th September 2009

Campaigners fighting to prevent the Derby Hippodrome from being replaced with a multi-storey car park have united to launch a new lobby group, the Derby Hippodrome Restoration Fund, which aims to see the venue brought back to life under a £14 million development scheme.

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Tameside Hippodrome listed at Grade II

15th September 2009

The Secretary of State, after consulting English Heritage, has decided to list Tameside Hippodrome at Grade II. The Theatres Trust supported the application for listing as the Tameside Hippodrome is a good example of an Edwardian theatre later converted to cinema usage, which is becoming rare.

DCMS Listing Schedule for the Tameside Hippodrome

Judi Dench's theatre is Rose-tinted

14th September 2009

I’m not convinced by plans to open a replica Elizabethan theatre in the north. We should study theatre’s past but not bring back its outdated buildings blogs Michael Billington in The Guardian.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Michael Billington

Revamped Sheffield Crucible to open in February 2010

14th September 2009

The Crucible Theatre will re-open its doors for a special season of events designed to reintroduce the building to audiences. Some finishing touches are still to be made, but to celebrate the final journey of the redevelopment, the Crucible will host an exciting series of Housewarming events; this will be prior to Artistic Director Daniel Evans’ inaugural season and reopening celebrations in February 2010, following its £15.3 million redevelopment.

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Community pitch in to spruce up Dorking's Green Room Theatre

14th September 2009

Local residents and thespians really showed some Dunkirk spirit, redecorating a former second world war barracks turned theatre. Three huts originally built as temporary accommodation for troops preparing for the D-Day landings were taken over by the Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society in the 1950’s and have been a popular draw for the community ever since. The theatre provides an opportunity for many talented local actors to perform, and has launched the careers of several well-known faces.

Source: The Sun

Letter: Time to consider Workington's Opera House

11th September 2009

The council is again considering extensive work on the Carnegie Theatre. Having worked on the building, I am aware of its limitations and applaud the efforts of all those who bring good results from its stage but wonder why the Opera House is (apparently) never considered?

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Belfast on threshold of theatre rebirth

10th September 2009

Theatre in Belfast has been on the threshold of a new era, and on Thursday the first foot crossed it. Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney unveiled a Threshold Stone marking the start of construction on the Lyric Theatre’s new home on Ridgeway Street. It is the second Lyric to be built on the site. The first one, costing £80,000, was built in the 1960s. Its replacement, costing £17.85m, is to open in 2011 and while work has begun there remains an additional £800,000 to be raised to complete the building.

Source: BBC News

Comfort plays a lead role at The King’s Glasgow

10th September 2009

Glasgow’s exquisite and historic King’s Theatre is enjoying a phased refurbishment that is intended to return the theatre to its former grandeur. Completed in 1904, it represents one of the most inspired designs by Frank Matcham, and considered one of Scotland’s most significant theatres.

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The Theatres Trust Announces ECOVENUE green theatre project for London

9th September 2009

On 14 September 2009 at Plasa 09 The Theatres Trust announced ECOVENUE, a new three year programme to provide specialist theatre environmental advice and undertake free DEC assessments with 48 small scale theatres in London.

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Which theatre has the best scenery?

8th September 2009

Never mind the play – the view from some venues, such as the Minack in Cornwall, is worth a standing ovation blogs Mark Fisher in The Guardian.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Mark Fisher

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