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Derby Hippodrome fire prompts renewed safety warning for theatres

7th March 2016

The Theatres Trust has been quoted in The Stage.

The Theatres Trust has issued the alert following the third blaze to hit the Derby Hippodrome, which comes after last year’s fire at the Battersea Arts Centre in London and after a fire at the Assembly Rooms, also in Derby.

In a statement, the trust said: “Only a year after the BAC fire in London, this tragedy goes to show, once again, how vulnerable theatres are to fire. For those theatres that have been neglected by their owners and are at greater risk, it becomes doubly important to have foolproof safety and security measures in place.”

The advisory body also said it had “real concerns” about the future of the venue and that it was in contact with the local council to assess the damage to the grade II-listed building, which is also on the trust’s own Theatre Buildings at Risk register.

It added that it had been in Derby last week to discuss plans for a new venue in the town, following the closure of the Assembly Rooms last year after its own fire, and had been discussing “ways forward for the restoration of the Hippodrome” with the Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust.

Derby fire prompts renewed safety warning for theatres
Published 7 March 2016


Bradford's St Georges Hall to undergo partial refurbishment

7th March 2016

Application: 16/000912/LBC and 16/00911/FUL

The Theatres Trust welcomed the above applications for refurbishment and repair works to the entrance and front of house facilities at St Georges Hall in Bradford.

Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning documents online, please click here


Derby Hippodrome: Blaze tackled by firefighters

7th March 2016

The Theatres Trust has been quoted in BBC News.

Firefighters tackled a blaze at a 100-year-old derelict theatre which campaigners had been hoping to bring back into use.

The Theatres Trust said it has “real concerns” about Derby Hippodrome’s future.

“This tragedy goes to show… how vulnerable theatres are to fire,” it said.

“For those theatres that have been neglected by their owners and are at greater risk, it becomes doubly important to have foolproof safety and security measures in place.

“We are in contact with council officers to find out the extent of the damage to the Grade II listed theatre, which is on our theatre buildings at risk register, and await the outcome of their investigation into the structural condition of the building.”

Derby Hippodrome: Blaze tackled by firefighters
Published 7 March 2016


Housing proposal for Banbury's former Grand Theatre

7th March 2016

Application: 16/00292/F

The Theatres Trust commented on the above planning application for the partial demolition, redevelopment, and change of use of the former Grand Theatre in Banbury from a D2 use to a mixed retail and residential use. The Trust recommended further information is required to determine if the building is surplus to local cultural requirements.

Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning documents online, please click here


Theatres Trust responds to Derby Hippodrome fire of 6 March 2016

7th March 2016

The Theatres Trust have real concerns about Derby Hippodrome’s future following the latest fire on Sunday 6 March 2016.

The Theatres Trust is in contact with Council Officers to find out the extent of the damage to the Grade II listed theatre, which is on our theatre buildings at risk register, and await the outcome of their investigation into the structural condition of the building.

We were only in Derby last week, on the 3 March, talking to Derby City Council about its plans for a new large scale theatre in Derby following the closure of the Assembly Rooms last year after its fire. At the meeting we also discussed ways forward for the restoration of the Hippodrome. We’ve also been advising Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust who want to purchase, rebuild and reopen the theatre and who’ve just received an HLF start-up grant to help them value the building.

Only a year after the Battersea Arts Centre fire in London this tragedy goes to show, once again, how vulnerable theatres are to fire. For those theatres that have been neglected by their owners and are at greater risk, it becomes doubly important to have full proof safety and security measures in place.

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Hogwarts house banners to be installed at the Palace Theatre

7th March 2016

Application: 16/01383/LBC

The Theatres Trust supported the above listed building application for the installation of four display banners at the Palace Theatre.

Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning documents online, please click here


Derby Hippodrome struck by third fire in seven years

7th March 2016

Read the story at The Stage
Derby Hippodrome struck by third fire in seven years
Published 7 March 2016


Derby Hippodrome live blog

7th March 2016

Read the story at Derby Telegraph
Derby Hippodrome live blog: building may collapse and fire was possible arson – with video
Published 7 March 2016


Timeline: Follow the declining fortunes of Derby's Hippodrome Theatre

6th March 2016

Read the story at Derby Telegraph
Timeline: Follow the declining fortunes of Derby’s Hippodrome Theatre
Published 6 March 2016


Large fire at Derby's former Hippodrome Theatre

6th March 2016

Read the story at Derby Telegraph
Large fire at Derby’s former Hippodrome Theatre
Published 6 March 2016


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