The Theatres Trust

Scarborough's Futurist Theatre faces final curtain

17th December 2013

Scarborough’s Futurist is to be boarded up after the borough council rejected plans to more than double its subsidy to the site’s operator to £180,000. Conservative council leader Tom Fox said the theatre’s viability had not been established. The Save Our Futurist group said there was “absolute anger” at the decision.

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Letter: Restore the Hippodrome to put Brighton back on the map

17th December 2013

Letter as published in The Brighton Argus Brighton and Hove, instead of becoming the entertainment centre of the South, is in danger of becoming the “ancient” entertainment city of the South.

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Weymouth Pavilion's comeback

17th December 2013

Just a few months ago a council in the South West was considering demolishing their local theatre to make way for a car park. Luckily, that didn’t happen and now the curtain is about to go up at Weymouth Pavilion. A community group is now running the theatre and a production of Cinderella is its first pantomime since it was saved. New managers say they’re already pleased with ticket sales. ITV Dorset correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports


Culture funding pot still empty as North East rich neglect arts fund

17th December 2013

This time last year Newcastle Council was at the centre of a media storm as a decision to axe the entire arts budget made headlines across the UK. To see off criticism, the council created a £600,000-a-year Newcastle Culture Investment Fund which it said would allow its critics to play their role and match fund it, making more than £1m-a-year available to help Tyneside thrive.

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Grassroots spirit needed to revive St Andrews Byre Theatre

17th December 2013

Read more at The Scotsman
Grassroots spirit needed to revive St Andrews Byre Theatre
Published: 17 December 2013


South Bank arts institutions raise fears over licensing clampdown

17th December 2013

Lambeth Council has promised to hold talks with arts institutions on the South Bank after they warned that changes to licensing policy could significantly affect their programmes of free cultural events.

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The Old Vic restoration project seeks Council approval

16th December 2013

Applications: 13/05440/FUL

Lambeth Council consulted The Theatres Trust on the above application for restoration and alterations to The Old Vic Theatre and a new adjoining five storey building at 131 Waterloo Road.

The Trust supports the application in principle because the proposal aims to secure the long-term sustainable operation of the theatre while protecting and preserving this architecturally and historically significant statutory listed heritage asset. Read the Trust’s response

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


A new theatre to replace Soho's Raymond Revuebar

16th December 2013

Applications: 13/09185/FULL

Westminster Council consulted The Theatres Trust on the above application for the redevelopment of Walker Court in Soho, comprising a 5 level mixed use development, including office (Class B1), retail (Class A1), restaurant (Class A3) and residential (Class C3) uses and a theatre (sui generis).

The Trust supports the application in principle because it will provide a new 155-seat theatre, to replace the Raymond Revuebar that previously occupied the site. Read the Trust’s response

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


Demolition of Carlisle's Lonsdale moves closer

16th December 2013

Bulldozers could be poised to flatten Carlisle’s former Lonsdale Cinema with councillors recommended to approve it next week.

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Eddie Izzard opens Bexhill College's theatre

15th December 2013

Read more at BBC News
Eddie Izzard opens Bexhill College’s theatre
Published: 15 December 2013


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