About us

We are the national advisory public body for theatres, we are a statutory consultee on theatres in the planning system, and also operate as a charity.

We were set up by the Government through an Act of Parliament in 1976 and work to promote the better protection of theatres for the benefit of the nation.

Watch a video about our work that we produced in autumn 2018 with the help of some of our Ambassadors.


Our Vision

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

Our Mission

We champion the future of live performance, by protecting and supporting excellent theatre buildings which meet the needs of their communities.

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.

We promote the quality and design of existing and new theatres and protect important historic theatres so that they can be used as theatres in the future. The Trust also advises to ensure theatre buildings meet the current needs and demands of the theatre industry and the audiences they serve.