The Theatres Trust

500 sign petition to rescue old theatre

8th March 2012

More than 500 people have now signed a petition in the fight to save a landmark Black Country theatre from the bulldozers. The empty Dudley Hippodrome stands at the bottom of Castle Hill near Dudley Zoo and The Station Hotel. The area has been earmarked by Dudley Council for a multi-million pound regeneration scheme. But council bosses plan to demolish the theatre and former bingo hall as there has been no interest in anyone taking the building on.

Read full story


Winter TM Correction 2011: Events section

8th March 2012

In the winter issue of Theatres Magazine, the address given for the STR Lecture: ‘From Ladies to Boardroom’ by Rupert Rhymes OBE Thursday 22 March, 7.30pm.lecture was noted incorrectly as the Art Workers Guild, London WC1. Please note that the lecture is to be held at Swedenborg Hall, 20 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH. All STR are free and open to the public.


Blog: Park up here and be entertained

8th March 2012

There are many obstacles that get in the way of a producer when planning a show. Most of them come down to money writes Danielle Tarento for The Stage Features.

Read full story


New theatre chair could “revolutionise retractable seating”

8th March 2012

A theatre chair designed for multi-use venues was unveiled this week which its creator claims will “revolutionise retractable seating”. The Recital Chair has been launched by theatre seating specialist Audience Systems and aims to combine the comfort levels of a large, padded auditorium seat, with the ability to be stacked away on a telescopic platform.

Read full story


Plan to keep Frome's Merlin Theatre open for another year and secure its future growth

8th March 2012

Despite a funding shortfall the Merlin Theatre will survive for another year and huge efforts are being made to secure its long-term future, it has been revealed. At a make-or-break meeting called by the trustees, headed by Dinah Bargett and Clare Hein, it was unanimously agreed that after months of detailed discussion and study on a proposed business plan for the coming year and beyond, the theatre can remain open in the short-term and hopefully develop into the future.

Read full story


Hornsea campaigners angry over Floral Hall demolition plan

8th March 2012

A £1.2m plan to demolish an East Yorkshire town’s “only” entertainment venue to make way for a car park has angered residents. East Riding of Yorkshire Council said the Floral Hall, in Hornsea – subject of discussions for seven years – was “in a dilapidated state” and losing about £100,000 a year. The demolition plan is expected to be approved by the council on Tuesday 13 March.

Read full story


Alterations and extensions to the Ventnor Winter Gardens

8th March 2012

Planning Application:TCP/14651/C, P/01802/11

Isle of Wight Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for alterations including extensions to the Ventnor Winter Gardens’ Pavilion. The proposals include a 37 room hotel with restaurant, bar and conference facilities.

The Theatres Trust originally requested further information on the application. Read the Trust’s response but has now supported the application with conditions. Read the Trust’s further response

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


ABTT announce third leg of British tour of Guthrie Thrust Stage exhibition

8th March 2012

The Association of British Theatre Technicians is delighted to announce the British tour of The Guthrie Thrust Stage 1948 – 2011: A Living Legacy exhibition, created earlier this year for the Prague 2011 Quadrennial of Scenography and Theatre Architecture.

Read full story


ABTT invites applications for CEO position

8th March 2012

The Trustee/Directors of the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) seek to appoint a Chief Executive Officer to manage the business of the Association and its subsidiary companies.

Read full story


Meeting on Boscombe Arts Centre's future

7th March 2012

Around 60 people attended a public meeting to discuss how to stop the Boscombe Centre for Community Arts (BCCA) from being replaced by housing. The event was organised by the Friends of the BCCA and people met at the Portman Hotel on Ashley Road in Boscombe.

Read full story


The Theatres Trust

22 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0QL

T 020 7836 8591
F 020 7836 3302

Have you seen?

Auditorium of the Empire Theatre during conversion to the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 1993
Festival (Edinburgh)
Edinburgh

Protecting theatres for everyone

The National Advisory Public Body for Theatres