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£19,000 facelift for historic theatre in Essex seaside resort

The Princes Theatre in Clacton has been given a facelift costing £19,000. Credit: Tendring District Council

The Princes Theatre in Clacton has been given a facelift costing £19,000.

The venue, which is the Town Hall of the Essex resort, has had a new carpet, curtains, redecoration as well as improvements to the bar area in the Essex Hall.

The theatre, which is run by Tendring District Council, puts on a varied programme of shows and hosts a number of major events during the year. It is also hired out for weddings and conferences

“We want our audiences, our entertainers and all those who use the theatre to have the best possible experience and look forward to coming back.

“I think it is fair to say that parts of the theatre were looking a little tired and were in need of a modernisation programme.

“We have achieved a great deal on a relatively small budget – especially considering the size of the theatre - and I hope people will be impressed with what they find."

– Cllr Mick Skeels, Tendring District Council

In 2014 more than 36,000 customers came through the doors for shows.

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Lowry paintings set to fetch £15 million

One of the finest collections of paintings by LS Lowry is going under the hammer and is expected to make more than 15 million pounds.

It's an eye-watering sum, but what's even more amazing is that the paintings were owned by a man who started his career at the age of 14 collecting waste paper door-to-door near Newmarket.

Click below to watch a report by ITV Anglia's Claire McGlasson

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Trust may run Corn Exchange

Cambridge Corn Exchange Credit: ITV Anglia

A new trust may be set up to run the Cambridge Corn Exchange.

The City Council is considering handing over both the running of the building and the city's folk festival to a not for profit organisation.

It's hoped the move will secure the future of the venue

Show goes on whatever the weather

Northamptonshire County Council has pledged that the show will go on whatever the weather with three outdoor theatre performances taking place in the county's country parks this summer.

The first production takes place on Friday 22nd June with Much Ado About Nothing at Brixworth Country Park.

"Please don’t let the unsettled weather get in the way of you enjoying these unique performances in the beautiful surroundings of the country parks. Whatever the weather the plays will go ahead as long as it's safe for the actors to perform.”

– Cllr Heather Smith, Northamptonshire County Council
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