News: Buildings/Venues

Friday 7 April 2006

Theatres old & new
Edwin Heathcote discusses the character and architecture of London’s theatres.
FT 14 Mar 2003
Nicholas Hytner,
new Director of the National Theatre, calls for an end to the current focus on audiences.
Guardian, 13 Jan. 03
Lights up in the West End
‘Theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue have added extra illumination at front of house to deter potential criminals and more is planned’ reports Louis Jury in the Independent, 7 Jan. 03 and Vanessa Thorpe in the Observer, 12 Jan.03
Problems in the West End, Charles Spencer in the Telegraph, 7 Jan 03
Sir Cameron Mackintosh has pledged £7m towards improving the look of his theatres in the West End,
David Lister, Independent, 10 Jan 03
Theatre Museum
As its director resigns Rupert Christiansen looks at the opportunities open to the museum in the future.
Telegraph, 27 Sep.02
RFH Lottery Boost
The Royal Festival Hall has been granted £15m from the National Lottery to help cover the cost of its renovation which will cost in total £54m. RFH will be closed for nearly 1 1/2 years while the work is carried out., 9 Oct.02
Michael Lynch. Photographer: Abbie Trayler-Smith Michael Lynch
went on a walkabout on his first day as chief executive of the SBC. When introducing himself to staff he explained that he “hoped that soon we could pull the organisation together. I hope they now know how thrilled I am to be here.”
Rupert Christiansen, Telegraph, 30 Sep.02

Looking Ahead
The new head of Sadler’s Wells Jean-Luc Choplin talks about his vision for the theatre’s future.

“It will show the beauty of the choreography, the discipline and the strength of the dancer,”

David Litterick, Telegraph, 31 May.03
Hip-hop and martial arts
at Sadler’s Wells
Jean-Luc Choplin, Sadler’s Wells new Chief Executive, outlines his ideas for future programming at the theatre.
Charlotte Higgins, Guardian, 26 June.03
Sadler's Wells Theatre Photo: Morley von Sternburg New Chief Executive for Sadler’s Wells
Jean-Luc Choplin has been appointed by the Sadler’s Wells Trust & Foundation to succeed Ian Albery in October 2002.

Jean Luc Choplin
- Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells talks about his plans to transform the Islington venue into a Glyndebourne for central London, in the
Sun.Times, 17 Aug 03
‘Umoja’ the South African musical
has been forced to close at the Shaftsbury Theatre, after complaints from a neighbour about noise levels
Guardian, 8 Feb. 02
Umoja moves, the South African musical currently playing at the Queen’s Theatre, will transfer to the New London on September 12th
Leading Arts Executives Depart
Within just over two years, three high profile appointees from abroad have decided to leave London. Vanessa Thorpe asks why in
the Observer, Aug. 01
Is modern dance adrift?
Across Britain, huge sums are being spent upgrading old dance centres and building smart new ones. But Ismene Brown wonders whether such places will improve the quality of dance performance itself and Donald Hutera questions whether the £40 million being poured into these centres will make a difference.
“Donald Hutera, The Times, 9 October

“:,,62-2001351091,00.html“Telegraph, 9 Sept. 01”:
‘Brutal, Bungled Barbican Must Be Preserved’

Fiachra Gibbons, Guardian, 7 Sept. 01
The new Place
The Place, home of London Contemporary Dance School and the refurbished theatre, now re-named The Robin Howard Dance Theatre, will re-open officially on the 9th October. Maev Kennedy takes a look at its history.
Maev Kennedy, Guardian, 17 Sept. 01
The new Laban Centre
is already bringing light and colour to Deptford. The building will take students this October and open fully next February…
read more
The new Laban
will be the world’s largest centre for contemporary dance. It opens in South London next month.
more details
Laban Centre London
The new Laban Centre is due to emerge from its scaffolding in the next few weeks. Read the latest in
FT, 5 Dec. 01

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