The Theatres Trust

Open up! Archive Project
Preserving Theatre Interiors for the Future

24th August 2016

Opera House outside In this post, Open up! Project Intern Danielle explores some theatres which are now in alternative uses.

During the Open Up! project I have uncovered some really interesting items, but one trend particularly caught my attention.

Some disused theatres have been transformed into eating and drinking facilities – such conversions can have a positive impact.

The former Opera House, Tunbridge Wells is now a pub, yet it still resembles a theatre.

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Southend's New Empire Theatre to be demolished

24th August 2016

Application: 16/01495/DEM

The Trust responded to the above application for prior approval for the demolition of the New Empire Theatre in Southend. While the Trust is unable to object to an application for permitted development, the Trust reminded the Council it would expect a replacement cultural facility to be provided as part of any mixed use redevelopment of the site.

Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning documents online, please click here


Plans submitted for The Donmar Theatre's temporary theatres at King's Cross

23rd August 2016

Application: 2015/3510/P

The Trust responded to the above application for the erection of four temporary structures adjacent to the Kings Cross Theatre for use as two new theatre venues from September 2016 to October 2017. The Theatres Trust supports the application.

Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning documents online, please click here


Meet the couple on a mission to improve ladies' loos in British theatres

22nd August 2016

Theatres Trust’s new Spend a Penny scheme have been mentioned in The Telegraph.

Theatres Trust has been mentioned: “The Trust’s Spend a Penny project, announced last week, will see the Ruddicks’ £125,000 divided between 10 theatres across the country whose facilities are deemed be most badly in need of updating; bringing “direct relief to a few” of the nation’s theatregoing women, while “indirectly raising the profile of an issue that is of recurring concern to many”.”

“While the Spend a Penny scheme is targeted at the under-provision of ladies toilets in particular, the Trust is encouraging applications to improve provision of gender-neutral or unisex toilets, as well.”

Meet the couple on a mission to improve ladies’ loos in British theatres
Published 22 August 2016


Open up! Archive Project
Theatres of Varying Scales: The Public and Private

22nd August 2016

lyceum In this post, archive intern Sharni shares the stories of two theatres she has been working on during the Open up! Archive Project:

- Sheffield Lyceum; and

- David Salomons’s scientific theatre in Southborough

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Nevill Holt Opera announces plans for 400-seat theatre

19th August 2016

Read more in the Rhinegold Publishing
Nevill Holt Opera announces plans for 400-seat theatre
Published 19 August 2016


Former exec claims theatre in Sutton has ‘no future’

19th August 2016

Read the full story with The Stage
Former exec claims theatre in Sutton has ‘no future’
Published 12 August 2016


Theatre Royal under the spotlight in national vote

19th August 2016

Read more in the Haverhill Echo
Theatre Royal under the spotlight in national vote
Published 19 August 2016


Theatres can apply for money to upgrade ladies' loos. Who in the North East might apply?

19th August 2016

Theatres Trust’s new Spend a Penny scheme have been mentioned in The Chronicle.

The Theatres Trust was quoted in reference to the British standrd for theatres of 8 toilets for ladies per 500 seats, “Even though this seems inadequate for audiences whose time for use is strictly limited, there are many theatres which do not even meet this standard,”

“The anxiety caused by long queues, with unappealing conditions often awaiting even the lucky few, meaningfully diminishes the joy of theatre for about half the audience.”

“Selected schemes will, at the very least, need to meet British Standard 6465 upon completion.”

Theatres can apply for money to upgrade ladies’ loos. Who in the North East might apply?
Published 19 August 2016


Nevill Holt Hall to build permanent 400-seat opera venue in Leicestershire

19th August 2016

Read more in the The Stage
Nevill Holt Hall to build permanent 400-seat opera venue in Leicestershire
Published 19 August 2016


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