We promote the value of theatre buildings and champion their future
The Theatres Trust is the National Advisory Body for Theatres, protecting theatres for everyone. We operate nationally in England, Scotland and Wales promoting the value of theatre buildings and championing their future.
We are a statutory consultee on theatre buildings in the planning system, we provide expert advice on the sustainable development of theatres, we distribute small capital grants, and we help promote awareness and solutions for theatres at risk. We champion all theatres, historic, contemporary and new, in theatre use, in other uses or disused.
About the Trust
We are also happy to respond to enquiries or requests for advice. Our Resource Centre Library is open to researchers by appointment. Read our Guide to using The Theatres Trust Resources and Resource Centre find out about our Reference Library or have a look at our Library Catalogue (Excel).
Events and Workshops
Building Better Theatres Autumn 2015 – Spring 2016
Booking is now open for our second season of Workshops designed for people working in theatres who are planning a capital project, need to be up to speed on relevant government and legislative changes, and want to improve capacity to care for the theatre building.
Upcoming Workshops include:
16 September 15 Fundraising for a Capital Project
30 September 15 Theatres and Heritage
Find out more about upcoming Events and Workshops the Trust is involved in.
Summer Archive Project
From 29 July to 19 August 2015, The Theatres Trust ran its first Summer Internship. This year, our focus was on improving access to The Theatres Trust’s archive of architectural plans of theatre buildings.
Find out more about the Summer Archive Project.
13 August 2015
Mackintosh Foundation helps launch new London Theatres Small Grants Scheme
The Mackintosh Foundation is to donate £25,000 to launch the new London Theatres Small Grants Scheme, set up by The Theatres Trust to help small theatres in London needing to improve and maintain their buildings. The Theatres Trust has been working with the Mayor of London’s Office to set up the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme, which is a dedicated capital fund to help small theatres lever in other sources of investment, particularly philanthropic support. Details about how to apply to the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme can be found at www.theatrestrust.org.uk/grants
19 June 2015
Brighton Hippodrome stakeholder group launched
Following the purchase of the Freehold of the Brighton Hippodrome by Academy Music Group (AMG) in April 2015, we are pleased to announce that over the next six months (from 18 June to 17 December 2015), AMG will be working with ourselves, The Theatres Trust, Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC), Historic England, Our Brighton Hippodrome, Brighton Hippodrome CIC, and the Frank Matcham Society on a jointly commissioned Viability Study to identify a future use for this unique Grade II* former circus variety theatre. A Stakeholder Group has been formed with representatives of all organisations to oversee the Viability Study.
28 January 2015
Sajid Javid appoints new Chair to The Theatres Trust
Tim Eyles will become Chair of The Theatres Trust on 1 February 2015. Read more
19 September 2014
Brandon Lewis MP rejects Public Inquiry into Brighton Hippodrome Applications
The Theatres Trust is deeply disappointed by the Government’s announcement today that a Public Inquiry will not be held into the redevelopment scheme proposed for Brighton Hippodrome. Find out more
18 September 2014
Unique circus theatre, Brighton Hippodrome, tops Theatre Buildings at Risk Register 2014
The Grade II* former circus theatre, Brighton Hippodrome tops the thirty-three theatres on The Theatres Trust’s Theatre Buildings at Risk Register 2014, launched at the Theatre Royal, Brighton on 18 September. The annually published Register features the most ‘at risk’ theatre buildings across the UK under threat of demolition and redevelopment, theatres that lie abandoned, neglected and decaying, and theatres in use at risk of closure. Find out more
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Your donation goes towards our Theatres at Risk and Advice areas of work so that we can continue to raise the profile of theatres under threat and help them to find a sustainable future.
Resource Centre for hire
Looking for a venue in central London? Use our special West End location for your meeting or event. We have two spaces available, a large flexible space, perfect for meetings, training courses, seminars and events while our Library is ideal for smaller meetings and gatherings. WiFi enabled – Projector/Screen available.
Our Corporate Supporters
Aberdeen Performing Arts
Alexandra Park and Palace
Ambassador Theatre Group
Arts & Business
Audio Light Systems
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Chichester Festival Theatre
Creative & Cultural Skills
Darlington Civic Theatre
Drama by Design
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Foster Wilson Architects
Georgian Theatre Royal
Gillieron Scott Acoustic Design
Grand Opera House, Belfast
Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Hayles and Howe
Little Theatre Guild
London Opera Glass Company Limited
The Maltings Theatre & Cinema
M. Bradbrook Electrical Services
Momentum Structural Engineers
Saint Martin’s / Ambassadors Theatres + Mousetrap Productions
Really Useful Group Theatres
Robe UK Ltd
Robertson Taylor W&P Longreach
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Shanklin Theatre, Isle of Wight
Society for Theatre Research
Tessitura Network (UK) Ltd
Theatre Projects Consultants
Theatre Royal Bath
Theatre Royal Newcastle upon Tyne
Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Theatre Royal Wakefield
University of Huddersfield Drama Department