The Theatres Trust

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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.

Donate to the work of The Theatres Trust

Please help us protect theatres in need and at risk.

Make a donation of £10 by texting VGMC05 £10 to 70070 (or another amount) or you can go to our Support Us page and donate through Just Giving.

You can also become a Friend or Corporate Supporter. All donations, bequests and subscriptions go directly towards helping promote and protect theatres for future generations to enjoy.

Join us and become a part of theatres future.

About the Trust

You can find out more about our work in About Us. Visit News & Planning for news coverage on theatres in the UK and planning applications or follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook

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).

Contact us for more information.


15 April 2014

Theatres Trust seeks full time Planning Adviser

24 March 2014

Theatres Trust responds to Westminster City Council Apollo theatre statement

The Theatres Trust has issued a response to Westminster City Council’s statement today in relation to the cause of the ceiling collapse at the Apollo theatre on 19 December 2013

19 March 2014

Momemtum builds for Community Theatre

With the programme for this year’s Theatres Trust Conference 14: Community Theatres in place, and a strong line up of contributors confirmed, including Stephen Williams MP, Peter Stark OBE, Chairman of Voluntary Arts Network, and Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chairman of Arts Council England, momentum is building as delegates take advantage of the generous Early Bird delegate rates.

7 March 2014

Cultural planning guidance provided in new Government online Planning Practice Guidance

The Culture in Planning Alliance (CiPA) is delighted that the new online Planning Practice Guidance published on 06 March 2014 and introduced by Nick Boles MP in his written ministerial statement includes new references to guide the development of culture in local plans and plan-making. CiPA is very pleased that many of its recommendations during consultation on the beta version have been included.

20 February 2014

Bookings open Conference 14 Community Theatres

This important annual theatre industry event takes place on Monday 28 April 2014 at the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds. Conference 14 looks at what makes a community theatre. As new ‘Community Rights’ give people more of a say on running their local communities, this year’s conference considers the role local groups increasingly play as providers of theatres and spaces for theatre.

29 January 2014

Fourth round of small grants announced by The Theatres Trust

The Theatres Trust is pleased to announce its fourth round of small capital grants to theatres across the nation. Awards are made to five community theatres for projects that will make important capital improvements, including one of the rarest surviving music halls, Hoxton Hall, and the community-owned and volunteer-run Beccles Public Hall & Theatre.

20 December 2013

Theatres Trust comment on Apollo Theatre ceiling collapse

The Theatres Trust is very concerned about the collapse of the ceiling and decorative plasterwork at the Apollo Theatre on the 19 December during The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Theatres Trust comment here

17 December 2013

Theatres Advice Service Workshop programme Spring 2014 announced

New in 2014 as part of our developing Theatres Advice Service we are offering a series of practical and informative workshops on the capital development of theatre buildings. Find out more

8 October 2013

Launch of The Theatres Trust’s Conference 13 Report: thriving theatres

The Theatres Trust’s thriving theatres conference report is launched publically today at the international entertainment technology event, PLASA London. Written by playwright Fin Kennedy, the report provides valuable case studies and insight into some of the innovative capital solutions and local engagement strategies being adopted by theatres which are helping them to thrive in these challenging times. Find out more

6 October 2013

Theatres Trust publishes 36th Annual Report

We are pleased to present our 36th Annual Report which highlights The Theatres Trust’s work and achievements from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013. The Trust responded to 100 planning applications and seven pre-applications, 50 listed building consultations and nine listed building consent pre-applications and responded to 352 local plan consultations securing cultural policies to protect theatres.

19 September 2013

Theatre Buildings at Risk Register 2013 Announced

48 theatres feature on Register 2013, published by national advisory public body, The Theatres Trust. Compared to last year there are ten new theatres at risk, seven theatres have been saved, but four have been lost forever.

25 July 2013

Theatres Trust responds to London Assembly’s Centre Stage report

Mhora Samuel, Director, The Theatres Trust welcomes the London Assembly ‘Centre Stage: Supporting small theatres in the capital’ report launched on 25 July 2013.

24 July 2013

The Theatres Trust is pleased to announce its third round of small capital grants to theatres across the nation

The Trust is pleased to announce its third round of small capital grants to theatres across the nation, including one of the smallest theatres in the UK - the Tom Thumb Theatre in Margate, and the most northerly theatre in the mainland – the Mill Theatre in Thurso.

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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
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Bennetts Associates
Buro Happold
Chichester Festival Theatre
Clay Paky
Creative & Cultural Skills
Drama by Design
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Everyman/Playhouse, Liverpool
Foster Wilson Architects
Georgian Theatre Royal
Gillieron Scott Acoustic Design
Grand Opera House, Belfast
Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Harmer PR
Haworth Tompkins
Hayles and Howe
HQ Theatres
Little Theatre Guild
London Opera Glass Company Limited
The Maltings Theatre & Cinema
M. Bradbrook Electrical Services
Nimax Theatres
Northern Stage
Really Useful Group Theatres
Robertson Taylor W&P Longreach
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Set-Up Scenery
Shanklin Theatre, Isle of Wight
The Stage
Stage Electrics
Society for Theatre Research
Theatre Projects Consultants
Theatre Royal, Bath
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Triple E
University of Huddersfield Drama Department
Unusual Rigging
Victoria Palace Theatre
White Light

The Theatres Trust

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Audience at the Open Air Theatre, Scarborough, July 2010
Open Air Theatre (Scarborough)

Protecting theatres for everyone

The National Advisory Public Body for Theatres