The Theatres Trust

Refurbishment plans for Brighton's Grade I listed Corn Exchange

28th September 2016

Application: BH2016/05127

The Theatres Trust supported the above application to vary condition 2 of consent BH2014/02612 for refurbishment and alterations to the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre (former Pavilion Theatre), including installation of new seating and balconies; construction of a new three storey infill extension incorporating a foyer, bar and box office; and renovation of the café.

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Extension planned for The Chatsworth Art Centre in Long Eaton

26th September 2016

Application: EWE/0816/0049

The Trust supported the above planning application for a single storey extension to the West Gate frontage of Long Eaton’s The Chatsworth Art Centre. This extension allows the Arts Centre to increase WC provision, provide additional foyer, bar, and circulation space, and improve comfort with in the foyer by providing a draught lobby.

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Flood defences to be installed at the Hull New Theatre

26th September 2016

Application: 16/00931/S73

The Theatres Trust supported the above application to vary planning permission 16/00152/S.73 (for alterations and additions to the Hull New Theatre) to enable the inclusion of additional flood proofing measures.

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Tunbridge Wells’ Royal Victoria Hall to be reborn as Southborough Hub

26th September 2016

Theatres Trust, Planning Adviser Ross Anthony has been quoted in The Stage.

“Given Southborough Town Council’s decision to close the Royal Victoria Hall, the Theatres Trust welcomes and supports the provision of a new theatre and cultural facility within the proposed Southborough Hub development,” a letter to the council from Theatres Trust planning adviser Ross Anthony said.

The letter went on to say that while the trust generally supported the scheme, it was concerned that the project was proceeding “without a decision on who and how the theatre component will be operated, nor a clear understanding of what facilities the theatre and hall users actually need”..

Tunbridge Wells’ Royal Victoria Hall to be reborn as Southborough Hub
Published 26 September 2016


‘Seafront eyesore cannot just go on’

23rd September 2016

The Futurist Theatre, currently a Theatre Building at Risk is featured in the Scarborough News – Read the full story with Scarborough News

‘Seafront eyesore cannot just go on’

Published 22 September 2016


Open up! Archive Project:
The Lifecycle of Theatres

22nd September 2016

Harrogate Kursaal The architectural plans held at Theatres Trust are varied and numerous. Whilst cataloguing them for the Open up! Project we have been able to see the different types of proposals for each theatre, and what really interests me is looking at the different stages in the lifecycle of theatres – from being built, in use/maintained, and sometimes in other uses, at risk, or demolished. Theatres Trust gets involved with theatres at all stages in their lifecycle, advising on new theatres and theatre redevelopments, and campaigning for theatres at risk.

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Roof repairs for Plymouth's Palace Theatre

21st September 2016

Application: 16/01458/LBC

The Theatres Trust supported the above listed building application for temporary repairs to the roof of Plymouth’s Palace Theatre, and the adjacent hotel, to make the buildings watertight and avoid further deterioration. While a long-term solution would be preferable, the Trust recognises this is not financially possible at the moment, and the temporary re-felting of the roof will help secure the theatre for the immediate future.

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Plans submitted for a new theatre to replace Southborough's Royal Victoria Hall (TBAR)

15th September 2016

Application: 16/06081/HYBRID

The Theatres Trust commented on the above hybrid planning application for the demolition of the Royal Victoria Hall in Southborough and construction of a new ‘hub’ containing a theatre space, library, and medical centre. The Royal Victoria Hall is currently on our Theatre Buildings at Risk Register.

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Minor improvements to access at the Gielgud Theatre

15th September 2016

Application: 16/08226/LBC and 16/08221/FULL

The Theatres Trust supported the above planning and listed building applications for the removal of the existing stair gantry at the rear of the Queen’s Theatre, and the erection of a new 4th floor link extension to the rear of the Gielgud Theatre to improve connectivity between the Gielgud Theatre (4th floor office level) and the adjacent building at 39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue.

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Comedian Dara Ó Briain calls for Spilsby Theatre to be saved from closure

14th September 2016

Theatres Trust’s Interim Director Rebecca Morland and Trustee Dara Ó Briain discuss the 10th Annual Theatre Buildings at Risk Register – Lincolnshire Reporter.

Dara Ó Briain, said: “As a touring standup comedian I have travelled up and down this country and worked in many of the theatres here and you have a unique and rich heritage of theatres that were built in the last 200 years.”

Comedian Dara Ó Briain calls for Spilsby Theatre to be saved from closure
Published 13 September 2016


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