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Celebrations start for 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte's birth

Members of the Bronte Society celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Bronte on the Terrace of the House of Commons.

The gathering marked the start of a five-year programme to highlight the bicentenaries of the births of each of the Bronte siblings.

Charlotte’s is the first birth to be celebrated this Thursday, with Branwell to follow in 2017, Emily in 2018 and Anne in 2020.

Celebrations to mark Charlotte’s birthday will take place around the world on April 21st. The primary focus will be on Haworth itself which will host a full day of community-led activities.

We at the Bronte Society have been planning these events for a number of years now. We are very excited to see the Bronte 200 launch on Thursday 21st April with a day of activities in Haworth, followed by a commemorative service in Westminster the following day. It was wonderful to come to the Houses of Parliament and help start the celebrations.

– John Thirlwell, Chair of the Bronte Society Council


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."

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