The Theatres Trust

Penzance's Acorn Theatre is 'back on the arts scene'

21st January 2014

A popular Penzance theatre which was forced to close in 2010 due to a funding shortage is “definitely back on the Cornish arts scene”. The Acorn Theatre in Parade Street has announced a significant increase in attendance and income in 2013 after reopening in September 2011. More than 100 public performances were staged over the year covering a varied programme, including 37 music events and 30 theatre performances as well as children’s events, comedy nights, literary evenings, cabaret, dance shows and performance art.

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New theatre unveiled in hold of Cutty Sark

21st January 2014

A new studio theatre has been unveiled in the hold of Cutty Sark, the world’s sole remaining tea clipper and major London landmark. The venue is set to launch on 29 January 2014 with a fortnight of performances, including comedians Alan Davies, Griff Rhys Jones, Richard Herring and Ross Noble. There will also be a talk by round-the-world yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, as well as evenings showcasing music and magic.

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Stephen Williams MP on saving pubs and community assets

21st January 2014

MPs are currently debating pub closures, and what can be done to keep them open. One option is to make use of “community rights”, which came into force in 2012. Communities Minister Stephen Williams explains how they work as he looks at sites in Oxfordshire in his personal film.

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Brighton's Astoria again facing demolition

21st January 2014

Application: BH2013/03926 and BH2013/03927

Brighton and Hove Council consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning applications to demolish the Grade II listed Astoria Theatre and redevelop the site.

The Theatres Trust remains opposed to the total demolition of the Grade II statutory listed Astoria Theatre. Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning documents online, please click here and enter the application number, then click search.


New foyer and studio to revitalise the Bristol Old Vic

21st January 2014

Application: 13/05354/F

Bristol City Council consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for demolition and redevelopment works at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre to create a new entrance, foyer and studio theatre, revitalise Coopers’ Hall, and improve accessibility.

The Trust supported the application because the works will transform, sustain and enhance the facilities and operation of this nationally significant theatre. Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning documents online, please click here and enter the application number, then click search.


Ambitious theatre revival plans for Barton take off

20th January 2014

Read more at Gloucester Citizen
Ambitious theatre revival plans for Barton take off
Published: 20 January 2014


Worthing Lido set for modern £2million makeover

19th January 2014

Read more at The Argus
Worthing Lido set for modern £2million makeover
Published: 19 January 2014


Panel raises doubts about Dublin's Abbey Theatre's 'world-class' status

19th January 2014

Read more at The Irish Times
Panel raises doubts about Dublin’s Abbey Theatre’s ‘world-class’ status
Published: 19 January 2014


Fellowship boost for Derby Theatre

19th January 2014

Read more at Matlock Mercury
Fellowship boost for Derby Theatre
Published: 19 January 2014


Northern Stage invites New Theatre idea submissions

19th January 2014

Title Pending is part of Northern Stage’s programme for developing new theatre in the north east. The aim is to find “a fresh and inspiring idea for a new piece of theatre. Once we’ve found it, we develop it, we nurture it, we support it and we show it.”

The award is for the most innovative, thoughtful and intriguing proposal for a new piece of theatre from artists or companies who have made a commitment to working in the north east with a unique / surprising / fresh way of looking at the world.

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