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Theatre Royal Plymouth revamp plans submitted

Plymouth’s Teatre Royal is to benefit from an extensive programme of work to mod- ernise and upgrade facilities aſter plans were submitted to the local authority. Andrzej Blonski Architects are behind

the proposals, which include five main ele- ments and include the creation of a new learning space in the existing basement. Teatre Royal chief executive Adrian

Vinken said: “Our aim is to modernise and make major improvements to the theatre to ensure it remains Plymouth’s cultural centre of excellence for the next 50 years.”

Chichester venue plans backed

Chichester Festival Teatre (CFT) has been given the green light for a £22m redevel- opment aſter local councillors approved planning consent and funding support. Te venue is to demolish

all extensions added to the Grade II-listed building aſter 1962 and revamp the origi- nal hexagonal auditorium; as well as adding new foyer-side extensions. A back-of-house extension and a new outdoor piazza are also included in plans approved by Chichester District Council’s (CDC) area development control committee (south). Meanwhile, CDC also pledged to support

Te iconic Chichester Festival Teatre will receive an extensive revamp

CFT in its bid to secure funding for the plans, with an investment of £500,000 to complement £1.5m from West Sussex County Council. Te local authority capital funding from both the district and county councils will also

A Room for London is located on the South Bank

New ‘boat hotel’ opens on London’s South Bank

A one-bedroom, maritime-themed ‘hotel’ installation – part of the London 2012 Festival – has opened at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Located on the roof of the South Bank

venue, A Room for London has been designed by David Kohn Architects in con- junction with artist Fiona Banner following an international design contest. Te winning boat-shape design offers

panoramic views of the River Tames from Big Ben to St Paul’s Cathedral, and boasts a bedroom, a kitchenette and a library.

£1.2m for new creative opportunities in Scotland

Creative Scotland is to invest more than £1.2m to help people enjoy or take part in creative activities through a range of new First in a Lifetime opportunities. A total of 10 projects stretching from the

Shetland Islands to Dumfries are in line to receive financial support as part of a strategy to provide “unique inspirational experiences” across the country. Creative Scotland chief executive Andrew

Dixon said: “The programme will offer many more people the opportunity to see, explore and enjoy a rich cultural life.”


help support the theatre’s application for sup- port from Arts Council England. CDC deputy leader Myles Cullen said: “Not

only will this directly and indirectly support around 350 local full-time equivalent jobs, but it will help to maintain the theatre’s position as a leading international venue.”

Council to review Felixstowe theatre’s future

Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC) will review the future of Felixstowe’s Spa Teatre, having revealed in December that it can no longer afford to subsidise the venue. Te cabinet has been asked to look again at its decision to invite proposals from local

groups or leisure operators following a meet- ing of the council’s scrutiny committee. Members of the cabinet will now discuss the

theatre’s future on 7 February, which currently receives £250,000 a year and requires at least £3m to be spent on upgrading its facilities.

RSC to launch ‘major’ touring partnership

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is to launch a major new touring and edu- cation partnership involving five leading regional theatres from April until 2015. Hall for Cornwall; Hull

Truck Theatre Company; Newcastle Theatre Royal; Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre; and York Theatre Royal will partner with the RSC from April this year. Te RSC said the partner-

ships will expand its Learning and Performance Network, which is already reaching nearly 400 schools. Partner venues will use the ‘hub school and clus- ter’ approach to run initiatives in Cornwall; Kingston-upon Hull; Middlesbrough; Southampton; and York respectively.

Read Leisure Opportunities online: Te RSC touring partnerships will take Shakespeare into more schools RSC artistic director Michael Boyd said:

“We will be able to take the RSC right into the heart of communities who wouldn’t ordi- narily have easy access to our work.”

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