The Theatres Trust

Old Vic plans new look as part of major restoration project

10th October 2013

The Old Vic theatre is planning a major refurbishment as it approaches its bicentennial year. London’s oldest working theatre, home to the original National theatre company on its launch 50 years ago, will submit a planning application to Lambeth Council next month with a view to restoring and redeveloping its premises.

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Arts grant secures Shropshire's Bishop's Castle theatre for two years

10th October 2013

The future of a Shropshire theatre has been secured for the next two years – thanks to a £30,000 arts grant. The SpArC Theatre in Bishop’s Castle was on the verge of cancelling all its shows earlier this year after Teme Leisure, which owns and runs the leisure centre it is housed in, pulled all funding.

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Theatrical Managment Association to be known as UK Theatre from 2014

10th October 2013

Since its inception in 1894, the TMA has represented and supported theatrical organisations all across the UK. Over the years we have also been approached by individuals and a wide range of organisations who wished to benefit from our services, and we have done our best to accommodate them.

After eighteen months of planning, research and feedback, they have designed five new types of Membership that will allow them to simultaneously improve our range of services and engage with more people in the arts than ever before.

The five types of Membership available from January 2014 will be:

- Professional Membership

- Professional Plus Membership

- Organisation Membership

- Concert Hall Affiliate Membership

- Corporate Membership

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ATG plans to sell off theatre naming rights

10th October 2013

The Ambassador Theatre Group has revealed that it is looking into selling the naming rights to some of its historic London and regional venues. The move comes as part of a push from the UK’s largest theatre operator to secure sponsorship deals with commercial brands, which could also see the company launch an Orange Wednesday-style deal for free theatre tickets.

ATG holds leases on 10 venues in the West End including the Duke of York’s Theatre, the Piccadilly Theatre and Lyceum Theatre, as well as others in the regions. It has the freehold on the Apollo Victoria and four venues outside London, and manages the remaining theatres in its portfolio.

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Technical Theatre Award winners of 2013 announced!

9th October 2013

The winners of the inaugural Technical Theatre Awards were announced last night (8th October) at PLASA Show 2013.

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Slowly but surely Kings Theatre, Portsmouth restoration continues

9th October 2013

The Kings Theatre Trust is celebrating ten years of operational control at this fantastic Edwardian theatre in Albert Road, Portsmouth.

Formed from AKTER (Action for Kings Theatre Restoration) the Trust and staff supported by an enthusiastic band of volunteers has been progressing the restoration both inside and outside the theatre. Steady progress has been made throughout the period which can be seen as soon as visitors enter the theatre.

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York Theatre Royal design appointed

9th October 2013

Architects have been appointed to design a planned revamp of York’s Theatre Royal. The theatre made it through the first stage of an Arts Council grants process in January, gaining financial support to develop detailed proposals for a project which would redesign the front of its site, double the size of public areas and carry out alterations to its main auditorium.

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Campaigners bid to save wartime mobile theatre from Leicestershire County Council funding cuts

9th October 2013

A unique mobile theatre built from Second World War bomb trailers is under threat of closure as part of cost-cutting measures from a local authority, campaigners have claimed. Supporters are urging Leicestershire County Council, which owns the Century Theatre, to continue its management and funding. Now located within Snibston Discovery Park, the 200-seat theatre, which was built in the 1950s, has a dual purpose as both museum exhibit and as a unique venue, hosting events such as lectures, film, music and drama shows.

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Councillors set to accept Perth Theatre's renovation

9th October 2013

Councillors will meet to accept plans for the renovation of Perth Theatre. The venue is set to close its doors for two years in January for a £14.5 million upgrade. When the theatre reopens in 2016, its B-listed Edwardian auditorium will have been returned to its former glory.

The transformation of the 114-year-old building will see the period features restored and offer improved visitor access throughout. Additional creative learning and youth spaces will boost the theatre’s already thriving community programme. And it’s hoped the creation of a studio theatre will bring a new range of drama and music events to the city.

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Brighton council urged to support Hippodrome's return as live venue

9th October 2013

Industry chiefs have written to Brighton and Hove City Council, urging it to support Brighton Hippodrome’s return to being a live performance venue.

Cameron Mackintosh managing director Nicholas Allott, along with Roundhouse artistic director and chief executive Marcus Davey, said that the disused Hippodrome was a “jewel of a space”, arguing that it could serve as a multi-purpose arts venue if restored. Royal Central School of Speech and Drama principal Gavin Henderson added that the 1,400-seat venue could become the home to “one of the major new circus companies” in the UK.

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