The Theatres Trust

Protecting Theatres for everyone - Welcome to The Theatres Trust

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

About the Trust

You can find out more about our work in About Us. Visit News for our press statements, releases and news coverage on theatres in the UK and planning applications. Sign up to our Press Release mailing list

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).

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Events and Workshops

Theatre 2016
The Theatres Trust is delighted to be one of ten industry bodies working together on Theatre 2016, a major two-day conference that will bring 1,000 delegates together from across the theatre sector together on 12 and 13 May 2016 in central London. Theatre 2016 booking is now open! If you are a Friend or Corporate Supporter of the Trust, you can get a reduced rate if you send us an email.

Find out more

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:

18 February 16 Theatre Maintenance

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


3 January 2016
Five theatres to receive London Theatres Small Grants Scheme awards from the Theatres Trust through Cameron Mackintosh donation

Grants are awarded to Battersea Arts Centre, Bush Theatre, The Cockpit, New Diorama Theatre, and SPID Theatre, and will help towards urgent building repairs, backstage and building access, route improvements, and urgently needed new office and education space.

1 December 2015
Brighton Hippodrome has a future as a performance venue, says new report

Colliers Viability Study has been published. It demonstrates that Brighton Hippodrome has a future as a performance venue, and recommends its use as a theatre of varieties. Find out more

Go to our Press page.

View the Theatre Buildings at Risk Register 2015

Brighton Hippodrome - Theatre Building at Risk 2013 In 2015, 31 theatres are on the Theatre Buildings at Risk (TBAR) register – 26 in England and 5 in Wales. 4 Theatres have been removed from the register and there are 2 new additions.

Find out more about this year’s Theatre Buildings at Risk

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

Meeting room

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
Arts Team
Audio Light Systems
Bay Construct
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Bennetts Associates
Buro Happold
Chichester Festival Theatre
Clay Paky
Creative & Cultural Skills
Darlington Civic Theatre
Drama by Design
EM Acoustics
Event-Tronic Ltd
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Everyman/Playhouse, Liverpool
Foster Wilson Architects
Georgian Theatre Royal
Gillieron Scott Acoustic Design
Grand Opera House, Belfast
Grand Theatre, Blackpool
GVA Acuity
Harlequin Floors
Haworth Tompkins
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
New Mills Art Theatre Ltd
New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Nimax Theatres
Ornate Interiors
Plann Limited
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
Set-Up Scenery
Shanklin Theatre, Isle of Wight
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

The Theatres Trust

22 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0QL

T 020 7836 8591
F 020 7836 3302

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Ceiling at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 1993
King's (Edinburgh)

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