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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


Theatres Trust announces Theatre Buildings at Risk register 2009

24th June 2009

The Theatres Trust, the National Advisory Public Body for Theatres has published its 2009 Theatre Buildings at Risk Register (TBAR). The top ten theatres at risk include the threatened Opera House in Blackpool, and Derby Hippodrome, whose owner is being prosecuted by Derby City Council. A total of eighty-two theatres are covered in the Register.

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Financial plans put forward for £2.5 million facelift of Cheltenham Everyman

24th June 2009

Financial plans have been drawn up for a £2.5 million refurbishment of The Everyman theatre. The Cheltenham venue is asking the borough council for £1.25 million towards the facelift. The request consists of a £250,000 grant and a £1 million interest-free loan. Talks are also afoot to hand the freehold of the Regent Street building to the theatre company, or extend their lease which runs out in 12 years.

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Four sites join theatre ‘at risk’ list

24th June 2009

Blackpool’s Winter Gardens complex and the Brighton Hippodrome are among four new entries listed on a register of the top ten most endangered theatre buildings in the country. Blackpool’s Winter Gardens is amongst new entries to the list of most endangered theatres A total of 82 venues are featured in conservation body the Theatres Trust’s 2009 Theatre Buildings at Risk Register. Thirty-nine of these are located in England and deemed to be at “high risk”.

Source: The Stage


Trust focus on Welsh theatres 'at risk'

24th June 2009

A boarded-up theatre in Bangor, Gwynedd is one of four in Wales included on an UK-wide list of theatres at risk. The Theatres Trust says its list highlights theatres that have been “abandoned” or suffered “neglect”. Other theatres in Wales at risk include, the Palace Theatre, Swansea, the Gwyn Hall in Neath on fire in 2007, and the Patti Theatre, Craig-y-Nos (GradeI) as it is in a poor state of repair.

Source: BBC News .


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