The Theatres Trust

Glass pavilion in the sky will transform the Cinderella Southbank

7th March 2013

The Southbank Centre is to undergo a radical £120 million transformation that includes a new glass pavilion in the sky. The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery are to be re-named the Festival Wing and closed for up to three years while the revamp takes place. But the end result will be new space for performances, exhibitions and socialising carved out of reclaimed and forgotten corridors and plant works on the 21-acre site.

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Contenders revealed for UK City of Culture 2017 title

7th March 2013

Eleven places from across the UK are bidding to be named City of Culture in 2017. The longlist features Aberdeen, Chester, Dundee, East Kent (covering Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Thanet), Hastings and Bexhill on Sea, Hull, Leicester, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Southampton, Southend on Sea, and Swansea Bay (covering Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Neath, and Port Talbot).

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Demolition of Southbank’s Shell Theatre

7th March 2013

Applications: PP/2012/4088 and PP/2012/3827

The London Borough of Lambeth has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above applications for external alterations to the retained Shell Centre tower to integrate it with the redevelopment works, to include recladding exposed elements of the building façade and demolition of the Shell Theatre.

The Theatres Trust regrets the loss of theatre and provides further advice to Lambeth. Read the Trust’s response

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


Belfast City Council increases arts funding 27%

6th March 2013

Belfast City Council is to increase its spending on the arts by 27% after agreeing a £4.1 million funding package for more than 50 companies and venues as part of a new three-year support plan.

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artsdepot partners with London Studio Centre

5th March 2013

artsdepot is delighted to announce that from September 2013, the higher education vocational dance college London Studio Centre will take up permanent residence at the North Finchley venue.

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Blandford Forum Theatre Public Inquiry

5th March 2013

Applications: 2/2012/0184/PLNG & 2/2012/0185/PLNG

The above applications to demolish the existing town council offices and erect a 4 storey office building as well as the refurbishment of Blandford Forum Theatre have been called in by the Secretary of State and will be determined by the Planning Inspectorate. They will be dealt with by way of a Public Inquiry. North Dorset District Council has notified The Theatres Trust of a forthcoming Public Inquiry (date to be determined).

The Theatres Trust originally objected to the applications. Read the Trust’s response. To view the applications online, please click here and enter the application number, then click search. The Trust has made a further representation. Read the Trust’s response.

Further representations on these applications for the Public Inquiry are required to be received by the Planning Inspectorate by 22-Mar-2013. To comment online, please click here and enter the appeal reference numbers.:APP/N1215/V/13/2193641 or APP/N1215/V/13/2193644, then click search.


Henley's Kenton Theatre trustees angry over sign plan

4th March 2013

A row over plans by the Kenton Theatre to install an outdoor illuminated sign is set to continue. The trustees of the theatre in New Street, Henley, are seeking planning permission for a 3.7m x 60cm burgundy aluminium sign to be placed above the canopy and supported by decorative brackets in the same colour. But town councillors have recommended the plans are refused and planning officials at South Oxfordshire District Council say the sign should be at least half the size.

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Gym proposed for former Hanwell hospital theatre

4th March 2013

Applications: PP/2012/4088 and PP/2012/3827

The London Borough of Ealing has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above applications for the demolition and internal and external alterations for the conversion of the Asylum buildings to 257 residential units, the erection of a wing at the Eastern end to provide an additional 50 residential units, conversion of ballroom to gym at St. Bernard’s Hospital site, Uxbridge Road, Southall UB1 3HW

The Theatres Trust supported the application. Read the Trust’s response

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


Felixstowe Spa Pavilion demolition considered

3rd March 2013

Two bids to keep a Suffolk theatre as a leisure or entertainment complex have been rejected by the local council. The Felixstowe Spa Pavilion was closed by its owner Suffolk Coastal District Council in January. Two of the groups bidding to run it, Felixstowe Ambitions and Spa Pavilion Associates, have been told their proposals are not financially viable.

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Boost for Blackburn theatre roof appeal

1st March 2013

An East Lancashire theatre’s appeal to raise funds for a brand new roof has been given a major boost. The Empire Builders Appeal aims to raise £25,000 for the project at the Thwaites Empire Theatre at Ewood. The former cinema has been transformed from a virtually derelict shell to a thriving community resource in just over 10 years. The new roof will be the final part in the jigsaw.

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