The Theatres Trust

Unforgettable opening for Belfast's Metropolitan Arts Centre as 5,000 visit venue

29th April 2012

The opening weekend of Belfast’s newest arts venue the MAC was a huge success, with more than 5,000 visitors passing through its doors. Nearly a decade in the making, the £18m building in Saint Anne’s Square officially opened on Friday, and is well on its way to achieving its target of 120,000 visitors in a year.

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Making the CASE: the cultural evidence base

27th April 2012

CASE, the Culture and Sport Evidence Programme, aims to strengthen understanding of how best to deliver high quality culture and sporting opportunities to the widest audience. It’s a joint programme of strategic research lead by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in collaboration with Arts Council England, English Heritage, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and Sport England.

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Letters: Scarborough Council wrong on Futurist

27th April 2012

Councillor David Jeffels’ letter does little to reassure those who recognise a need to retain and develop the Scarborough Futurist as a place of live entertainment (page 8, 19 April).

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Refurbished Edinburgh Assembly Rooms unveils Fringe line-up

27th April 2012

The new operator of Edinburgh Fringe venue the Assembly Rooms has unveiled its programme for this year’s event, promising to keep prices down and cut out the venue’s infamous queues. The £9.3 million refurbishment to the Assembly Rooms by the city council, which owns the building, is due to be completed in June. Salt’n’Sauce promotions, which also runs the Stand comedy clubs, has taken over the fringe tenancy for a five-year.

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London 2012 advertising to be attached to the BBC 'Big Screen', Victoria Square, Middlesbrough

27th April 2012

Planning Application: M/ADV/0191/12/P

Middlesbrough Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for London 2012 Olympics advertising to be attached to the BBC ‘Big Screen’ in Middlesbrough’s Victoria Square. The screen will allow people to gather in the square to watch the Games.

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 and click search.


Adelphi Theatre to refurbish its Gustave Suite

27th April 2012

Listed Building Application: 12/02261/LBC

Westminster Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning and listed building application for the refurbishment of the Adelphi Theatre’s Gustave Suite. The application includes the upgrade of existing facilities including the provision of additional WCs and shower area for actors and crew.

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

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


Lincoln College Oxford to refurbish Arts Centre

27th April 2012

Lincoln College, one of the colleges of Oxford University, will move forward with plans to refurbish their Arts Centre after designs by Stanton Williams Architects were granted planning permission.

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Competition opens for temporary sustainable theatre as part of World Stage Design 2013

26th April 2012

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is seeking temporary theatre proposals to be built in Cardiff as part of the World Stage Design 2013 festival in Cardiff. The contest is open to students and young professionals who graduated in the past three years. Collaborative proposals are also welcome.

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Research finds energy efficiency not dependent on theatre size

26th April 2012

New research has revealed that the size of a theatre does not dictate how efficiently it uses energy. The study was carried out by the green arts organisation Julie’s Bicycle, which used data from more than 100 performing arts venues to create a series of benchmarks about energy usage. During the course of this research, JB discovered that no size of venue or type of art form was necessarily more or less energy efficient than another.

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Corby Cube built to 'dangerous' design, report says

26th April 2012

The Corby Cube was built with “dangerous” design flaws which had to be corrected, a report has revealed. The building, which houses council offices, a library and theatre, had a staircase described as “like a helter skelter”, among other faults. A leaked report by Corby borough councillors said essential changes meant the building’s capacity for people was reduced to 1,560 – half of the 3,000 originally envisaged.

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