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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!

Theatres Trust 40

Thank you to all our Friends and Corporate Supporters, theatre architects, local authorities, theatre owners, companies and campaign groups who work so hard to keep theatre thriving – and to the theatre goers that enjoy them!

Over on Twitter we’re celebrating our key moments over the past 40 years

Let’s raise a toast to our valuable stock of theatre spaces across the country that make such a vital contribution to the local life and economy in their communities!

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

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 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.


19 July 2016
Statement: 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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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

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

Albany Theatre Trust
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
Cumbernauld Theatre Trust
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
Glantre Engineering Ltd
Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Green Hippo
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
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
Wrightsure Insurance Group

The Theatres Trust

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London WC2H 0QL

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Foyer of the Southport Arts Centre, November 1995
Southport Arts Centre

Protecting theatres for everyone