The Theatres Trust

‘Seafront eyesore cannot just go on’

23rd September 2016

The Futurist Theatre, currently a Theatre Building at Risk is featured in the Scarborough News – Read the full story with Scarborough News

‘Seafront eyesore cannot just go on’

Published 22 September 2016


Open up! Archive Project:
The Lifecycle of Theatres

22nd September 2016

Harrogate Kursaal The architectural plans held at Theatres Trust are varied and numerous. Whilst cataloguing them for the Open up! Project we have been able to see the different types of proposals for each theatre, and what really interests me is looking at the different stages in the lifecycle of theatres – from being built, in use/maintained, and sometimes in other uses, at risk, or demolished. Theatres Trust gets involved with theatres at all stages in their lifecycle, advising on new theatres and theatre redevelopments, and campaigning for theatres at risk.

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Roof repairs for Plymouth's Palace Theatre

21st September 2016

Application: 16/01458/LBC

The Theatres Trust supported the above listed building application for temporary repairs to the roof of Plymouth’s Palace Theatre, and the adjacent hotel, to make the buildings watertight and avoid further deterioration. While a long-term solution would be preferable, the Trust recognises this is not financially possible at the moment, and the temporary re-felting of the roof will help secure the theatre for the immediate future.

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To view the planning documents online, please click here


York Friargate Theatre installs flood prevention measures thanks to UK Small Grants Scheme award

19th September 2016

We’re delighted to see that our Small Grant Scheme Award has helped with flood prevention and refurbishment works to the York Friargate Theatre by installing a sump and pump, and allowing the installation of a new office floor!

The UK Small Grants Scheme runs twice a year awarding small capital grants to theatres to improve their building. The next Round closes midday 26 October 2016.

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Plans submitted for a new theatre to replace Southborough's Royal Victoria Hall (TBAR)

15th September 2016

Application: 16/06081/HYBRID

The Theatres Trust commented on the above hybrid planning application for the demolition of the Royal Victoria Hall in Southborough and construction of a new ‘hub’ containing a theatre space, library, and medical centre. The Royal Victoria Hall is currently on our Theatre Buildings at Risk Register.

Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning documents online, please click here


Minor improvements to access at the Gielgud Theatre

15th September 2016

Application: 16/08226/LBC and 16/08221/FULL

The Theatres Trust supported the above planning and listed building applications for the removal of the existing stair gantry at the rear of the Queen’s Theatre, and the erection of a new 4th floor link extension to the rear of the Gielgud Theatre to improve connectivity between the Gielgud Theatre (4th floor office level) and the adjacent building at 39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue.

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To view the planning documents online, please click here


Comedian Dara Ó Briain calls for Spilsby Theatre to be saved from closure

14th September 2016

Theatres Trust’s Interim Director Rebecca Morland and Trustee Dara Ó Briain discuss the 10th Annual Theatre Buildings at Risk Register – Lincolnshire Reporter.

Dara Ó Briain, said: “As a touring standup comedian I have travelled up and down this country and worked in many of the theatres here and you have a unique and rich heritage of theatres that were built in the last 200 years.”

Comedian Dara Ó Briain calls for Spilsby Theatre to be saved from closure
Published 13 September 2016


Six theatre buildings added to Theatres Trust Risk Register

12th September 2016

Theatres Trust’s Interim Director Rebecca Morland and Trustee Dara Ó Briain discuss the 10th Annual Theatre Buildings at Risk Register – What’s On Stage.

Interim Director of the trust Rebecca Morland said: “Each theatre on the Register has an important place in its community. Our experience shows us that where campaign groups are in place, they can make a real difference to the future of these theatres. “

Comedian and Theatres Trust trustee Dara Ó Briain commented: “I have travelled up and down this country and worked in many of the theatres here and you have a unique and rich heritage of theatres that were built in the last 200 years. But we can’t take that for granted.”

Six theatre buildings added to Theatres Trust Risk Register
Published 12 September 2016


Royal Vauxhall Tavern seeks Certificate of Lawful Use

12th September 2016

Applications: 16/04138/LDCE

Lambeth Council consulted the Theatres Trust on the above application for a certificate of lawful use for the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

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


Open up! Archive Project update

7th September 2016

On August 26th we completed the cataloguing phase of our Open up! Archive Project to catalogue and share our collection of architectural plans of regional theatres, thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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