The Theatres Trust

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Theatres Trust 40

On 22 July 2016 we celebrate turning 40 – 40 years of the Theatres Trust Act which made us a consultee in the planning system, and gave us our remit to protect theatres for everyone!

We promote the better protection of theatre buildings to protect the future of live theatre

We promote the quality and design of existing and new theatres

We protect important historic theatres so that they can be used as theatres in the future

We make sure theatre buildings meet the needs and demands of the theatre industry and audiences

We do all this because we believe that the experience of live theatre in people’s lives contributes to our well-being and leads to a fairer, informed, more generous, and understanding society

With your help we can work to protect theatres for another 40 years – donate today

About us

Find out more about our work in About Us. Visit News for our press releases, planning application and consultation responses, and news coverage on theatres in the UK.

We are also happy to respond to enquiries or requests for advice, and we have a Resource Centre Library open to researchers by appointment.

Read our Guide to using The Theatres Trust Resources and Resource Centre to find out about our Reference Library or have a look at our Library Catalogue (Excel) to discover what information our Library holds.

Find out more about upcoming Events and Workshops the Trust is involved in.


18 September 2016
Jon Morgan appointed as new Director of Theatres Trust

12 September 2016
Theatres Trust releases 10th annual Theatre Buildings at Risk Register

15 August 2016
Spend a penny scheme launched to improve the provision of Ladies’ loos in theatres

19 July 2016
Theatres Trust and ABTT reminder about fibrous plaster ceilings inspections

14 June 2016
Mhora Samuel to step down as Director after 10 years

6 June 2016
Sharing Heritage: Theatres Trust receives £5,200 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to open up its architectural archive

12 May 2016
Eighth round of small grants announced by Theatres Trust

24 March 2016
Theatres Trust responds to Cultural White Paper

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Support us

Please help us protect theatres in need and at risk. Become a Friend or Corporate Supporter. Visit our Support Us page to donate through Just Giving.

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

Affordable and spacious meeting room hire in central London.

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

ABTT, Albany Theatre Trust, Alexandra Park and Palace, Ambassador Theatre Group, Artifax, Arts & Business, Arts Team, Arup, Audio Light Systems, Bay Construct, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Bennetts Associates, Bremill, Buro Happold, Charcoalblue, Chauvet, Chichester Festival Theatre, Coronet, Clay Paky, Creative & Cultural Skills, Cumbernauld Theatre Trust, Darlington Civic Theatre, Derwent London, Doughty, Drama by Design, EM Acoustics, ETC, Event-Tronic Ltd, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Everyman/Playhouse, Liverpool, Foster Wilson Architects, GDS, Georgian Theatre Royal, Gillieron Scott Acoustic Design, Glantre Engineering Ltd, Grand Theatre, Blackpool, Green Hippo, GVA Acuity, Harlequin Floors, Haworth Tompkins, Hawthorn, Hayles and Howe, HQ Theatres, Little Theatre Guild, London Opera Glass Company Limited, The Maltings Theatre & Cinema, M. Bradbrook Electrical Services, Max Fordham, Momentum Structural Engineers, Nederlander, New Mills Art Theatre Ltd, New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Nimax Theatres, Ornate Interiors, Philips, Plann Limited, Purcell, Really Useful Group Theatres, Robe UK Ltd, Robolights Ltd, Robertson Taylor W&P Longreach, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Saint Martin’s and Ambassadors Theatres,, Shanklin Theatre, Isle of Wight, ShowTex, Stage Electrics, 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, Triple E, University of Huddersfield Drama Department, Unusual Rigging, V&A Theatre and Performance Collection, White Light, Wrightsure Insurance Group

The Theatres Trust

22 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0QL

T 020 7836 8591
F 020 7836 3302

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Streetscape showing Princess's Theatre, London, 1890
Princess's (London)

Protecting theatres for everyone