The Theatres Trust

Why Cameron must not abolish the culture department

16th July 2012

The abolition of the DCMS would be a disaster for the creative industries. As we approach the Olympics, rumours that the government is planning to abolish the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) – the creative industries’ place at the cabinet table (as well as heritage, the arts, libraries, sport, the media and tourism to name just a few) – are becoming more widespread, and more grounded.

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Rose Theatre on Bankside to apply for Lottery-funded redevelopment

13th July 2012

Trustees of the Elizabethan Rose Theatre are in the process of submitting a Lottery bid which could see the final section of the site excavated if successful.

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RHWL Arts Team to rejuvenate Tara Arts in Wandsworth

13th July 2012

RHWL Arts Team has been appointed for the renovation of Tara Arts, a cross-cultural theatre in Earlsfield in the London Borough of Wandsworth. RHWL Arts Team’s brief is to upgrade the theatre building and audience experience, boosting capacity to 100 seats, creating a more flexible space for performances, a new rehearsal space and making the venue fully accessible to audience, staff and artists.

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Experts wait in wings to help save Dudley Hippodrome

13th July 2012

Theatre experts today backed the campaign to protect the former Dudley Hippodrome from the bulldozer. The Theatres Trust, a national organisation, says government legislation could be the key to safeguarding its future.

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Mystery fault delays £4m Yarmouth St George's theatre project

13th July 2012

Engineers working on the £4m St George’s Chapel project have uncovered a structural fault in the new-build pavilion, prompting an investigation and further delays. Oak columns in curtain walls have moved out of true vertical alignment, and engineers do not yet know the cause. The much-anticipated arts venue is already six months behind schedule, with no indication given as to when the theatre will open.

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Future of Margate's Theatre Royal 'at risk'

12th July 2012

The Theatres Trust said the Theatre Royal in Margate, which first opened in 1787, was one of 49 theatres across the UK facing an uncertain future. It said it feared it could stop operating as a playhouse after the firm which ran it went into administration. Thanet Leisure Force, which now runs the theatre, only has a one-year contract, the trust said.

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Dual use proposed for Waltham Granada

12th July 2012

Planning application: 2012/0764

The London Borough of Waltham Forest has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for for redevelopment proposals and associated alterations and works including change of use to mixed use development comprising religious, community, cinema, cafe and retail uses with ancillary residential accommodation at the site of the former Granada Cinema in Walthamstow

The Theatres Trust objected to the application. Read the Trust’s response

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


Opening date for Workington's Carnegie Theatre

12th July 2012

A theatre which has being undergoing a major £200,000 facelift is scheduled to reopen in six weeks. The Carnegie closed its doors to the public in May as its major transformation began. New seating is being installed, changing rooms rebuilt and a host of other improvements carried out to the interior and exterior of the building in Finkle Street, Workington.

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Who wants to reopen Garston’s Empire Theatre?

12th July 2012

Which building in Liverpool would you choose to regenerate if you could pick from any that are not currently in use? writes Laura Davis for the Liverpool Daily Post. I would go for the former Irish Centre – the Wellington Rooms on Mount Pleasant.

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The second act: How Shoreditch Town Hall could become a major new performing space

12th July 2012

For the past 40 years or so Shoreditch Town Hall has hung slightly back from Old Street looking a little forgotten and forlorn – its once grand facade no longer fashionable, accruing grime and muck. At one point the roof almost fell in and English Heritage had to put the Grade II-listed building on the “at risk” register. But, in a way, all that might have worked in its favour. The developers have ignored it.

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