The Theatres Trust

York Theatre Royal to receive a major upgrade

17th April 2014

Application: 14/00683/LBC & 14/00682/FULL

York City Council consulted The Theatres Trust on the above listed building and planning applications for the first phase of comprehensive internal and external alterations and improvements to the York Theatre Royal.

The Trust supports the proposal in principle because it aims to reorganise and upgrade the foyer, front-of-house areas and main auditorium within the York Theatre Royal to create a more sustainable and accessible theatre with enhanced facilities for both theatre audiences and performers.

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Palace Theatre in Swansea set for £75,000 regeneration

17th April 2014

Swansea’s Palace Theatre, which was last year listed as one of the most endangered buildings in England and Wales, is set for a £75,000 regeneration. Local authority the City and County of Swansea has allocated the money to the Palace Theatre, which has most famously hosted performances from Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy, to “make the building safe”.

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The Theatres Trust strongly objects to Brighton Hippodrome redevelopment

17th April 2014

Application: BH2013/04348 & BH2013/04351

Brighton and Hove Council consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning and listed building applications for partial demolition, subdivision and alterations to the Brighton Hippodrome and neighbouring properties to create an eight screen cinema complex and four café/ restaurant units.

The Trust objects to the applications because: It has not been sufficiently demonstrated that there is no alternative viable use which enables the Brighton Hippodrome to be appreciated and used in its original form that would either cause no harm or less harm to the significance of the building. The only obvious and legitimate way to test this would have been to undertaken a full marketing exercise; We do not believe the proposals will conserve the Brighton Hippodrome (a heritage asset) in a manner appropriate to its historical and theatrical significance because of the subdivision within its volume and the construction within the rear service yard; Further, it will be lost to future generations, because the changes outlined in the application will not be economically viable to reverse to its original state in order that it may be used as a theatre.

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Read the Trust’s 10 Key Objections

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Ten days to go until Conference 14 Community Theatres

17th April 2014

As new ‘Community Rights’ give people more of a say on running their local communities, discover how your theatre can benefit.

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Campaign for new Rochdale theatre launched

17th April 2014

Campaigners in Rochdale are calling for a new 500-seat town-centre theatre to be built to provide a venue for smaller touring companies. They claim there are currently no professional small-scale venues in the Greater Manchester area that are suitable for producing work and receiving touring shows.

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New culture secretary Sajid Javid gains mixed welcome from arts sector

16th April 2014

Sajid Javid’s appointment as the new culture secretary has received mixed reactions from the arts industry. The MP, who was financial secretary to the Treasury before his promotion to the cabinet, replaced Maria Miller in the role last week.

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Derby’s Assembly Rooms to remain closed for 18 months following fire

16th April 2014

Derby’s Assembly Rooms could be demolished and rebuilt following a fire on the roof of the adjoining car park five weeks ago. The plant room – which housed the venue’s power, heating and air conditioning – was destroyed in the incident. Now, the city council – which runs the Assembly Rooms – has said the venue will be closed for 18 months while a decision is made whether to refurbish the 1970s building or knock it down.

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Leicester Mayor has 'missed out on £10m' by rejecting plan for Haymarket Theatre

16th April 2014

A developer says Sir Peter Soulsby has turned his back on up to £10 million of investment by rejecting a plan to convert Leicester’s disused Haymarket Theatre into a private medical complex. Earlier this week, the Mercury reported the city mayor had agreed to let a charitable trust take over the vacant venue to turn it into a training centre for the performing arts.

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Theatres Trust seeks full time Planning Adviser

15th April 2014

A full-time Planning Adviser is required to manage the Trust’s Planning Service, contribute to the provision of advice, and build excellent external relationships to promote and enhance the reputation of The Theatres Trust in the Planning system.

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Hawkins\Brown completes 'playful' children's theatre

15th April 2014

The Oily Cart theatre mainly works with children with special needs and Hawkins\Brown was tasked with creating an ‘inspiring and playful’ scheme for the group. The theatre annexe provides space for management, prop building, costume design, rehearsals, workshops and storage. The scheme has been shortlisted for a RIBA London Regional Award.

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