Theatres at Risk

The Theatres at Risk register is our way of highlighting and supporting the theatre buildings under threat and at greatest risk across the UK.

A working theatre plays an important role for its local community, both in terms of creating identity and also as an economic driver for creating employment and for the night-time economy.

We raise awareness of theatres at risk to ensure these incredible buildings are kept safe. We launch our register annually to bring their stories to a national audience.

Dara Ó Briain introduces the 2016 Theatre Buildings at Risk Register

What is a theatre at risk?

Theatres can be at risk for a variety of reasons. This includes threat of closure or demolition, loss of funding, lack of maintenance, or neighbouring development. Any number of these can have an adverse effect on the venue and its ability to operate.

The buildings may be currently in theatre use, in other uses, vacant or derelict. They can be theatres of any size and type, and may or may not be listed buildings.

How do we rate them?

Each theatre on the Theatres at Risk register is assigned a total risk rating. We look at the immediacy and type of risk the theatre faces, the quality and significance of the building, whether this is theatrical or architectural, and its importance to its community.

Play your part

Take a look at the latest theatres on our Theatres at Risk register below. They are ranked in order of most at risk.

Download the full list of theatres at risk or view the theatres at risk map.

You can play your part in the protection of theatres across the UK. Read about the different theatres, and show your support any way you can, whether it's spreading the word, joining their friends group, or donating to an appeal.

Contact us if you would like to find out more.