The Theatres Trust

Our vision

We believe that current and future generations should have access to good quality theatre buildings where they can be inspired by, and enjoy, live theatre.


Our mission

We are the national advisory public body for theatres. We champion the past, present and future of live theatre, by protecting the buildings and what goes on inside.

We do this through providing advice on planning and development, supplying resources and advice to make theatres sustainable and offering financial assistance through grants.

We help people discover more about theatres and campaign for theatres at risk.


Find out more about our advice in planning theatres as a statutory consultee. Before granting permission for ‘development affecting any land upon which there is a theatre’ a local planning authority is required to consult Theatres Trust.

We are always happy to discuss plans for theatre developments in their early stages and to offer advice and visit projects. The Trust also offers a range of resources, including Events, Theatres Magazine and the national Theatres Database providing information on theatres in the UK. We can also respond to individual enquiries and requests.

You can find out more about our work last year by downloading a copy of our 39th Annual Report 2015/16

Read past copies of our Annual Reports: 38th Annual Report 2014/15, 37th Annual Report 2013/14, 36th Annual Report 2012/13, 35th Annual Report 2011/12, 34th Annual Report 2010/11.

Individuals and voluntary groups who would like to support our work can become a Friend of The Theatres Trust. If you are a theatre, a local authority or a commercial organisation you can support us by becoming a Corporate Supporter. Friends and Corporate Supporters receive Theatres Magazine and a package of benefits.

Contact us for more information on either of these schemes.

Theatres Trust was established in 1976 through The Theatres Trust Act. In 1978 The Theatres Trust (Scotland) Act extended the Trust’s remit to Scotland. Theatres Trust employs eight Staff and is governed by its fifteen Trustees who are appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The Theatres Trust Charitable Fund (Charity Number 274697) delivers the work of Theatres Trust.

The Theatres Trust

22 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0QL

T 020 7836 8591
F 020 7836 3302

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