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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


Theatreland’s famous street signs go under the hammer

10th July 2009

Street signs from some of the West End’s most famous landmarks are being auctioned off by Westminster City Council to help raise funds for a planned revamp of London’s theatreland. The first 30 signs – which include locations such as Shaftesbury Avenue, The Strand and St Martin’s Lane – have now gone up for sale on eBay. Each has a reserve price of £100, but some are expected to reach far in excess of that price.

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Plans to resurrect Leith Theatre scaled down

7th July 2009

Campaigners seeking to reopen Edinburgh’s Leith Theatre have been forced to alter their multi-million pound proposals after failing to secure a £3 million arts funding prize. Cockburn Conservation Trust – a building preservation organisation representing the city and the Lothians – and residents’ group the Leith Theatre Trust have not made it through to the second stage of the Scottish Community Council’s Arts Funding Prize for Edinburgh.

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Cardiff’s Sherman Cymru theatre wins Arts and Business award

3rd July 2009

Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold and Cardiff’s Sherman Cymru theatre have been recognised at this year’s Arts and Business Cymru Awards for organisations in Wales. About to embark on a £5.4 million refurbishment, the Sherman Cymru, South Wales’ only producing house, won the Arts, Business and Young People Award for its Barclays PLC-backed It’s My Shout project. Clwyd Theatr Cymru gained success in the Brand Identity category.

Source: The Stage


Hampstead theatre's future lies in plays from the past

1st July 2009

Artistic director Anthony Clark has quit, but the troubled venue can get back on track by exploring the more neglected works of the past century blogs Michael Billington

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Michael Billington


Belfast Lyric secures £500k US funding

1st July 2009

Belfast Lyric Theatre’s fundraising campaign has received a boost in the form of a £500,000 challenge grant from the US-based Kresge Foundation which will go towards rebuilding and fitting-out the theatre’s Ridgeway Street home. The theatre, which will have to raise another £800,000 privately by June 2010 in order to win the grant, has been trying to raise £18 million to meet the cost of the new building which will house a 350-seat main auditorium and 120-seat studio space, as well as new front of house and backstage facilities and offices.

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Sherman Cymru awarded £4m for building revamp

30th June 2009

South Wales’ only producing house, Sherman Cymru, has been awarded a grant of £3.9 million to help transform its theatre building. The capital Lottery cash from Arts Council of Wales amounts to almost three-quarters of the £5.4 million needed for the proposed redevelopment project.

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Historic Doncaster Odeon could be flattened

30th June 2009

Doncaster’s historic former Odeon cinema could be flattened and replaced with a casino under plans to be considered by councillors. The cinema was sold to Lazarus Properties in March after it was no longer deemed to be viable. The company wants to demolish the art deco landmark on Hall Gate and replace it with a development of shops, restaurants, a fitness club and casino. Councillors have been recommended to approve the plans.

Source: BBC News


Billingham Forum closes during £15m revamp

30th June 2009

The multi-million pound revamp of a Teesside theatre and leisure complex is about to get under way. Billingham Forum in Stockton, which was described in a council report in 2007 as “extremely fragile”, closed its doors today (30 June) for 18 months. The £15m plans include essential structural works to the theatre, ice rink, swimming pool, and gym.

Source: BBC News


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