The Theatres Trust

Theatres Trust supports Hall for Cornwall refurbishment

3rd May 2016

Application: PA16/03133 and PA16/03134

The Theatres Trust supported the above planning and listed building applications for works to reorganise and refurbish the Hall for Cornwall to provide an improved and expanded auditorium with new foyer and offices spaces and improved technical infrastructure.

Read the Trust’s response

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Theatres Trust at 40 - a new strategy to protect theatres

1st May 2016

Mhora Samuel, Director of the Theatres Trust have been quoted in British Theatre Guide.

Theatres Trust at 40 – a new strategy to protect theatres

Mhora Samuel, Director of the Theatres Trust said “Our influence means it’s now very rare to see theatres demolished without being replaced. We’re proud that the quality of theatre design is the best it’s ever been. We’ve achieved great things for theatres by speaking loudly in the planning system.

In our anniversary year I invite everyone to join us at a Theatres Trust 40 event, and online, to debate how we continue to protect and promote our nation’s theatres now and in the future.”

Theatres Trust at 40 – a new strategy to protect theatres

Published 1 May 2016


Roof top plant upgrade at The Lighthouse in Poole

29th April 2016

Application: 16/00601/F

The Theatres Trust supported the above planning application for installation of a new acoustic louvre screen and stair to the chiller enclosure at Poole’s The Lighthouse.

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Theatres Trust submission to England's Local Plan Review

29th April 2016

Local Plan Review Submission

The Theatres Trust made a submission to the DCLG’s consultation on the Local Plans Expert Group Report, which reviewed local plan making in England.

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Theatres Trust response to application 16/03298/FULL for roof top air conditioning unit at 67 Drury Lane, London

29th April 2016

Application: 16/03298/FULL

The Theatres Trust gave support to the above planning application for a proposed roof level air conditioning unit on a residential building adjacent to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

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Conference 16: Protecting Theatres
What will our theatres look like in 40 years?

28th April 2016

The Theatres Trust is delighted to announce that booking is now open for our tenth annual conference: Conference 16: Protecting Theatres, a leading event in our 40th Anniversary year.

In this milestone year in the history of the Trust we will examine the state of our nation’s theatres and discuss their future.

We will consider the past and present influences on theatre architecture and design; the provision of existing and new theatres in response to city and government devolution; changing demographics; housing delivery and community and audience demand.

We will then look to the future, and the potential for the next 40 years, and ask:

• What kinds of theatres will we need to build, and how will we find the resources to do so?
• How should we be asking existing buildings to adapt and change?
• What impact will the popularity of digital distribution of live theatre have?
• How will we ensure that the right spaces are available in the right locations for the next generations of theatre makers?

Protecting Theatres will also examine the wider cultural landscape, including the role of theatres in stimulating cultural and economic development, and the increasing technical demands being placed on theatre buildings.

Join us to discuss these topics and more at Protecting Theatres on 21 June at the New London Theatre.


Download the full press release 28 April 2016

For all media enquiries and for more information please contact press@theatrestrust.org.uk, 020 7836 8591.


Theatre's Trust criticises decision to close Fairfield Halls

28th April 2016

Ross Anthony, Planning Adviser from the Theatres Trust has been quoted in South London Press.

Theatre’s Trust criticises decision to close Fairfield Halls

In a letter to the council, Ross Anthony, planning adviser at The Theatres Trust, said “It is unfortunate council has been unable to agree to a staged refurbishment, keeping part of the Halls open during the wider construction period to maintain some level of cultural offer for local residents.

The loss of existing expertise and audiences puts incredible pressure on the new operators to rebuild that audience base upon reopening, further affecting the venues’ long term viability

We encourage the Council to reconsider this decision.”

Theatre’s Trust criticises decision to close Fairfield Halls

Published 28 April 2016


Finborough under threat again as development decision is appealed

22nd April 2016

The Theatres Trust has been mentioned in The Stage.

Finborough under threat again as development decision is appealed

“A decision to prohibit flats being built above the Finborough Theatre in west London is being appealed, once again threatening the fringe theatre’s future … It was rejected in September, after a consultation period in which advisory body the Theatres Trust condemned the proposals.”

Finborough under threat again as development decision is appealed

Published 22 April 2016


Campaign to bring Conwy civic hall back to life

21st April 2016

The Theatres Trust has been mentioned in BBC.

Campaign to bring Conwy civic hall back to life

“The civic hall, located next to Conwy quay, is the county’s third largest theatre after Venue Cymru in Llandudno and Theatr Colwyn … Last year, it was placed on the Theatre Trust’s ‘at risk’ register.”

Campaign to bring Conwy civic hall back to life

Published 21 April 2016


Croydon Council rejects pleas for phased Fairfield Halls closure

21st April 2016

The Theatres Trust has been quoted in BECTU News.

Croydon Council rejects pleas for phased Fairfield Halls closure

In a speech to Croydon Council by the Save Our Fairfield Campaign the referred to advice to “Phase the refurbishment as all our professional advisers including the Theatres Trust advocate.

Croydon Council rejects pleas for phased Fairfield Halls closure

Published 21 April 2016


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