The Theatres Trust

Blog: Why should we fund the arts?

5th January 2012

Publicly funded arts institutions are under more pressure than ever to quantify the social benefits they bring, as would be done for schools and hospitals. But isn’t the crucial role of art to challenge the way society is run asks David Edgar

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Royal Opera House to display new artwork by Yinka Shonibare

5th January 2012

Planning Application: 11/10237/FULL

City of Westminster Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application to display a three dimensional artwork by Yinka Shonibare MBE on the Russell Street facade of the building for a period of five years.

The Theatres Trust supported the application. Read the Trust’s response

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


Derby leisure facility plans submitted

5th January 2012

A detailed planning application for a new sports and concert facility have been submitted to Derby City Council. The development proposals include a 250 metre velodrome, which can be converted into a 5,000-seater music venue, as well as a gym, function rooms, badminton and basketball courts, and a café.

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Blog: Should theatres be more welcoming?

5th January 2012

In difficult times, making an effort with the audience may mean the difference between a theatre’s survival and failure blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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Northern Ireland Assembly: Inquiry into the Creative Industries

4th January 2012

Policy Consultation

The Theatres Trust has made comments on the Northern Ireland Assembly: Inquiry into the Creative Industries consultation. Read the Trust’s response.

To view details of the consultation online, please click here


Call for trustees to shape cultural and leisure services in North Tyneside

4th January 2012

The search is on to recruit a team of volunteer trustees willing to shape the future success of cultural and leisure services in North Tyneside. North Tyneside Council is currently exploring the opportunities for delivering a range of existing services – including sports, leisure, libraries, community centres, arts, tourism, parks and allotments – through a community based trust. The new organisation would operate independently from the council as a charity. As well as delivering services on behalf of North Tyneside Council it could also bid for other contracts and funding.

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Ludlow Assembly Rooms receives council grant assurance

4th January 2012

Shropshire Council has confirmed its support for Ludlow Assembly Rooms in the south of the county that had been at risk of closure due to government budget cuts. It boasts a gallery, cafe and 300-seat auditorium used for live performances and film screenings.

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Aberdeen Performing Arts chief resigns for new post

4th January 2012

The chief executive of Aberdeen Performing Arts is resigning to take up a new role in Edinburgh. Duncan Hendry will step down from APA at the end of March to become chief executive of the Festival City Theatres Trust (FCTT). He said: “After 12 years in my current role and over 20 years of arts programming in Aberdeen, it was a big decision to leave a job that I love.”

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Newark Palace Theatre faces reduced opening

4th January 2012

Newark Palace Theatre looks set to cut the number of days it opens its doors in a bid to save money. Newark and Sherwood District Council has said it needs to reduce the amount of subsidy it pays to the theatre by about £100,000. The plan would see the theatre cut its opening days to five a week along with moves to increase ticket prices.

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Steering a new cultural future for Fife's Gardners Hall

4th January 2012

An organisation aiming to create a community arts and culture centre looks to have secured the cut-price ownership of Buckhaven’s Free Gardners Hall. But the group insists it now needs public support in its bid to transform the disused venue. The Free Gardeners Hall Steering Group has been selected by Fife Council as its preferred bidder for the College Street building, which was available for only £2760 as part of its community ownership scheme.

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