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.

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The Theatres Trust’s offices will close at 5pm on Wednesday 24 December, and reopen at 9am on Friday 2 January 2015.

Support the Christmas Appeal 2014

Please help us protect theatres in need and at risk.

Our first ever Christmas Appeal last year received donations totalling £3,600 including Gift Aid. This year, we hope to raise £5,000.

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.

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.


25 September 2014
Department for Culture, Media and Sport seeks new Chair of The Theatres Trust
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is seeking to appoint an individual with the necessary blend of skills and experience as Chair of The Theatres Trust to succeed Rob Dickins CBE, whose term of office ends on 30 January 2015. The Application Deadline has now passed. Find out 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

5 September 2014
Bookings open for Building Better Theatres Workshop Programme
Our Workshop Programme offers a series of six day-long, practically-based sessions on the capital development of theatre buildings, led by individuals with real experience of the issues, and specially tailored for people responsible for theatre buildings who want practical and detailed advice. Find out more

8 July 2014
Theatres Trust calls-in Brighton Hippodrome application
Brighton and Hove City Council is minded to approve both applications by Alaska Developments to convert the Hippodrome into an 8-screen cinema. They will be meeting on Wednesday 16 July. The Theatres Trust has formally requested call-in to The Secretary of State. Find out more

1 July 2014
Theatres Trust responds to Arts Council England investment plans 2015 – 18

23 May 2014
New trustees announced for The Theatres Trust

30 April 2014
Conference 14: Community Theatres resources online

24 March 2014
Theatres Trust responds to Westminster City Council Apollo theatre statement*

7 March 2014
Cultural planning guidance provided in new Government online Planning Practice Guidance

29 January 2014
Fourth round of small grants announced by The Theatres Trust

20 December 2013
Theatres Trust comment on Apollo Theatre ceiling collapse

8 October 2013
Launch of The Theatres Trust’s Conference 13 Report: thriving theatres

6 October 2013
Theatres Trust publishes 36th Annual Report

19 September 2013
Theatre Buildings at Risk Register 2013 Announced

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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
Bay Construct
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Bennetts Associates
Buro Happold
Chichester Festival Theatre
Clay Paky
Creative & Cultural Skills
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
Momentum Structural Engineers
Saint Martin’s / Ambassadors Theatres + Mousetrap Productions
Nimax Theatres
Ornate Interiors
Plann Limited
Really Useful Group Theatres
Robe UK Ltd
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
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
White Light

The Theatres Trust

22 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0QL

T 020 7836 8591
F 020 7836 3302

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Foyer at Dunoon's Queens Hall, August 2011.
Queens Hall (Dunoon)

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