The Theatres Trust

Conference 16: Protecting Theatres
What will our theatres look like in 40 years?

28th April 2016

The Theatres Trust is delighted to announce that booking is now open for our tenth annual conference: Conference 16: Protecting Theatres, a leading event in our 40th Anniversary year.

In this milestone year in the history of the Trust we will examine the state of our nation’s theatres and discuss their future.

We will consider the past and present influences on theatre architecture and design; the provision of existing and new theatres in response to city and government devolution; changing demographics; housing delivery and community and audience demand.

We will then look to the future, and the potential for the next 40 years, and ask:

• What kinds of theatres will we need to build, and how will we find the resources to do so?
• How should we be asking existing buildings to adapt and change?
• What impact will the popularity of digital distribution of live theatre have?
• How will we ensure that the right spaces are available in the right locations for the next generations of theatre makers?

Protecting Theatres will also examine the wider cultural landscape, including the role of theatres in stimulating cultural and economic development, and the increasing technical demands being placed on theatre buildings.

Join us to discuss these topics and more at Protecting Theatres on 21 June at the New London Theatre.


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Theatres Trust criticises decision to close Fairfield Halls

28th April 2016

Ross Anthony, Planning Adviser from the Theatres Trust has been quoted in South London Press.

Theatre’s Trust criticises decision to close Fairfield Halls

In a letter to the council, Ross Anthony, planning adviser at The Theatres Trust, said “It is unfortunate council has been unable to agree to a staged refurbishment, keeping part of the Halls open during the wider construction period to maintain some level of cultural offer for local residents.

The loss of existing expertise and audiences puts incredible pressure on the new operators to rebuild that audience base upon reopening, further affecting the venues’ long term viability

We encourage the Council to reconsider this decision.”

Theatre’s Trust criticises decision to close Fairfield Halls

Published 28 April 2016


£19m Merseyside Shakespeare theatre gets green light

22nd April 2016

Story from The Stage

£19m Merseyside Shakespeare theatre gets green light

Published 22 April 2016


Finborough under threat again as development decision is appealed

22nd April 2016

The Theatres Trust has been mentioned in The Stage.

Finborough under threat again as development decision is appealed

“A decision to prohibit flats being built above the Finborough Theatre in west London is being appealed, once again threatening the fringe theatre’s future … It was rejected in September, after a consultation period in which advisory body the Theatres Trust condemned the proposals.”

Finborough under threat again as development decision is appealed

Published 22 April 2016


Home in Manchester wins RIBA award for architectural excellence

21st April 2016

Story from The Stage

Home in Manchester wins RIBA award for architectural excellence

Published 21 April 2016


Campaign to bring Conwy civic hall back to life

21st April 2016

The Theatres Trust has been mentioned in BBC.

Campaign to bring Conwy civic hall back to life

“The civic hall, located next to Conwy quay, is the county’s third largest theatre after Venue Cymru in Llandudno and Theatr Colwyn … Last year, it was placed on the Theatre Trust’s ‘at risk’ register.”

Campaign to bring Conwy civic hall back to life

Published 21 April 2016


Croydon Council rejects pleas for phased Fairfield Halls closure

21st April 2016

The Theatres Trust has been quoted in BECTU News.

Croydon Council rejects pleas for phased Fairfield Halls closure

In a speech to Croydon Council by the Save Our Fairfield Campaign the referred to advice to “Phase the refurbishment as all our professional advisers including the Theatres Trust advocate.

Croydon Council rejects pleas for phased Fairfield Halls closure

Published 21 April 2016


Farnham's Redgrave Theatre demolition amendments

20th April 2016

Application: WA/2016/0456

The Theatres Trust objected to the above Section 19 application to vary conditions relating to the Brightwell House development in Farnham, which involves demolition of the Redgrave Theatre.

Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning documents online, please click here


Mark Shenton: Is a comfy seat, an unbroken view and a decent loo too much to ask from a theatre?

20th April 2016

Read the story at Mark Shenton: Is a comfy seat, an unbroken view and a decent loo too much to ask from a theatre?

Mark Shenton: Is a comfy seat, an unbroken view and a decent loo too much to ask from a theatre?

Published 20 April 2016


Theatres Trust will push for greater planning powers

20th April 2016

Mhora Samuel, Director of the Theatres Trust has been quoted in The Stage.

Theatres Trust will push for greater planning powers

Theatres Trust director Mhora Samuel praised the organisation’s work and influence over the four decades, adding that it was now rare to see theatres demolished without being replaced.

She added: “We’re proud that the quality of theatre design is the best it’s ever been. We’ve achieved great things for theatres by speaking loudly in the planning system. In our anniversary year I invite everyone to join us at a Theatres Trust 40 event, and online, to debate how we continue to protect and promote our nation’s theatres now and in the future.”

Theatres Trust will push for greater planning powers

Published 20 April 2016


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