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Lead developer appointed for Hull New Theatre refurbishment

Esteem Consortium has been appointed as the lead developer for the full design and refurbishment of Hull New Theatre.

Artist's impression of how the theatre will look after the renovation work

We are delighted that the full refurbishment works can now get underway at the theatre and I am confident that Esteem will be able to deliver a high-quality finish on one of the city’s key cultural venues.

The renovation of Hull New Theatre is critical to ensuring that Hull secures a lasting legacy from its year as UK City of Culture 2017 and this investment is part of our long-term plan to regenerate our economy, securing lasting benefits for the people of Hull and the region.

– Cllr Stephen Brady

Last month the Chancellor announced £5m would be given towards the project to ensure the works can be completed in 2017.

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Judi Dench makes history with Olivier Awards win

Dame Judi Dench won the award for best supporting actress Credit: PA

Dame Judi Dench has made history at the Olivier Awards for winning more Oliviers than any other performer.

The veteran actress won best actress in a supporting role for The Winter's Tale.

Her win for her portrayal of Paulina in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's production takes her total win of Olivier Awards to eight.

Dame Judi with Kenneth Branagh before the ceremony in London. Credit: PA

As she collected her award, she joked she was "livid" as her win meant she had lost a bet with her grandson.

The former James Bond actress said: "Ladies and gentlemen, I'm absolutely livid as I had a bet with my grandson ... and I'm never going to be able to forget it".

She also praised "a really fantastic company and crew and stage management", saying of the award: "It's lovely to have, but in actual fact it belongs to all those people just as much as it belongs to me."

'People are my medium' - artist calls for volunteers to go nude for art

The search is on for one thousand people to get naked in public in Hull. World renowned photographer Spencer Tunick has chosen the city for his latest nude art installation.

His artwork has been staged worldwide, from Sydney to Mexico City. Now he wants to paint people blue and green for the piece called 'Sea of Hull' in July.

It's difficult to get up for one of my works really at sunrise, but once you're there you realise "I'm going to go through with it" and the end result will be an artwork that not only will hang in a gallery or museum, but also hang in their homes. I need people's help you know. People are my medium.

– Spencer Tunick, Artist

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Sheridan Smith nominated for BAFTA TV award

Sheridan Smith has been nominated in the Best Actress category in this year's BAFTA TV Awards for her performance in 'The C-Word'.

She played the leading role in the television adaptation of Lisa Lynch's candid book about her experience of cancer.

It is the second year in a row that Sheridan Smith, who is from Epworth in north Lincolnshire, has received a Leading Actress nomination.

She is up against Suranne Jones in 'Doctor Foster'; Claire Foy in 'Wolf Hall' and Ruth Madeley in 'Don't Take My Baby'.

Emmerdale's Kelvin Fletcher aims for Brands Hatch

One of Emmerdale's stars is about to swap his fictional role for real-life thrills as a racing driver.

Kelvin Fletcher has played Andy Sugden for 20 years, but has been racing competitively since 2012. He is now going to take part in the British Touring Car Championship.

It's a boyhood dream to race in the British Touring Cars. It's something I've watched as a spectator, as a fan, a big motor sports fan growing up so to get the opportunity now a little bit later in my adult life, I think it's absolutely fantastic.

– Kelvin Fletcher
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